Report: Towe leaving New Orleans for NC State
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Monte Towe is reportedly leaving as head
basketball coach at the University of New Orleans to become an associate head
coach at his alma mater, North Carolina State.
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported Sunday that Towe met with his
players to tell them of his decision to join new coach Sidney Lowe with the
Wolfpack and the Raleigh News & Observer on Monday quoted Towe as having mixed
emotions about the move.
“It’s an empty feeling,” Towe told the News & Observer about leaving New
Orleans. “I really like that team, like the coaching staff, like the city.
“But I’m really excited about getting back to NC State, getting back to
Raleigh and working with Sid. It’s the kind of challenge any coach would
Towe spent the past five years as the head coach at New Orleans, guiding the
Privateers to a record of 70-78. The team was just 10-19 this past season,
which began with the city and school’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and
included the loss of leading scorer Bo McCalebb to a broken hand early in the
Both the Times-Picayune and News & Observer said details of a buyout of Towe’s
contract must still be resolved. His deal with New Orleans was set to run
through the 2008-09 season.
Towe was the point guard for NC State’s 1974 NCAA Tournament championship team
and as an assistant with the Wolfpack helped recruit Lowe, who was the point
guard for NC State’s 1983 championship squad.
Lowe is currently an assistant with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and will not
officially take over at NC State until July. Towe, however, could start his
new job once terms of the buyout are finalized.