TIM PEELER: Towe Anxious to Face Former Players, Team
BY TIM PEELER
But there is no doubt that he is excited to sees a handful of former players who will visit the RBC Center Sunday evening when the No. 21 Wolfpack (1-0) takes on New Orleans (1-0) in a 6:30 p.m. non-conference contest. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net South. The game will also be broadcast by the Wolfpack Sports Network, beginning with the pre-game show at 6 p.m.
“It will be great to see them all,” said Towe, who was the head coach at
Towe brought his team to the
But that was before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of
The Privateers eventually returned home, but it was a difficult season, with the loss of two players who were traumatized by the storm and of guard Bo McCalebb, who suffered a season-ending injury two games into the season. The Privateers, under the most difficult circumstances of any team in recent memory, finished 10-19.
Shortly after the season ended, then-Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek left for
“I really didn’t foresee all that happened,” Towe said. “I thought I was going to be at
Several of the players Towe recruited are still on the Privateer roster, including a quartet of seniors who will graduate after this season is over: McCalebb, Ben Elias, Jacob Manning and James Parlow. McCalebb, who averaged 25 points a game last year, is the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year and the school’s all-time leading scorer.
But they have endured more transition since Towe left. His replacement, former Texas A&M assistant Buzz Williams, resigned after guiding the Privateers to a 14-17 record to become an assistant for Tom Crean at
“After all they have been through, all four of those seniors will graduate after this season,” Towe said. “I am really proud of what they have done, and they deserve a lot of credit. They have grown up a lot since they first stepped on that campus.
“It will be nice to see them. I haven’t seen any of them since I left.”
Sunday’s game is the first of three between NC State and
“It was all part of my getting my contract relieved to come here, and I give [NC State athletics director] Lee Fowler, [UNO athletics director] Jim Miller and Coach Lowe credit for getting it down,” Towe said. “It allowed me to return here, which is something I really wanted to do.”
Sunday’s game will be the Wolfpack’s last home game until mid-December. Lowe’s team opened with a 66-47 victory over William & Mary, led by freshman J.J. Hickson’s amazing 31-point, seven-rebound debut. It will travel to
The Wolfpack returns to the
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