It is going to cost the athletic department at N.C. State University about $900,000 to pay off the contact of Lee Fowler, who has been fired as athletic director. He deserves the money, because he's upheld his end of the bargain of 10 years ago - to run a clean program and to oversee the expansion and improvement of facilities while balancing all the challenges of setting priorities, emphasizing academics and being a superb public representative of the university.
The problem isn't so much the convenient, hasty, and mostly baseless contention that the revenue sports are on the up-and-up, although that's a glaring problem. The idea that it simply came down to that, and just in the last few years, ignores so many of the issues that have plagued the athletics department throughout the last decade. I especially like the last sentence of the paragraph, which implies that the fan base lacks either the patience or the comprehension necessary to support the department and really sets the tone for the obtuse wreck that is this editorial.
But N.C. State athletics weren't exactly in a downward spiral when, The News & Observer reported, interim Chancellor Jim Woodward, who came in after the resignation of James Oblinger, told Fowler he needed to look for a job.
Does anyone have the Mississippi State chancellor's home address?