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Former NCSU coach Lowe pleads guilty to tax charges

Posted December 11, 2013

Sidney Lowe, former head men's basketball coach at N.C. State University, was arrested Feb. 18, 2013, for failure to file state tax returns for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

— Former North Carolina State University men's basketball coach Sidney Lowe pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three misdemeanor counts of failing to file state tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Lowe, 53, was arrested in February on three counts of willful failure to file a North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return.

Under the plea agreement reached Wednesday, Lowe will pay $79,000 in restitution, a $2,000 fine and court costs. He will also serve 100 hours of community service and be on unsupervised probation for three years.

Lowe, who coached the Wolfpack from 2006-2011, is currently an assistant coach with the NBA's Utah Jazz. At the time of his departure from State, he was making $500,000 per year.

Lowe, a member of the 1983 national championship team at NC State, held an 86-78 overall career coaching record at his alma mater, including a 25-55 mark in the ACC.

Lowe never topped the 20-win mark and never earned more than six wins in the ACC or finished above ninth place in the league.

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  • Pooter McGooter Dec 13, 10:42 a.m.

    It's too bad he didn't coach at Carolina. That way,the courts would have said they had no jurisdiction over the matter.

  • wildpig777 Dec 13, 10:05 a.m.

    well I see he was as unsuccessful at taxes as he was coaching the wolfpack.....

  • dwntwnboy2 Dec 12, 2:30 p.m.

    The tax man ALWAYS wins.

  • wenfromwake Dec 12, 12:24 p.m.

    Seems unusual to file your Federal and not file the State tax return. He's making restitution and doing the right thing. I'm sure he's learned his lesson.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Dec 11, 6:45 p.m.

    Another fine NC State graduate

    mike275132
    December 11, 2013 12:01 p.m.


    I didn't think he graduated... thought he had to tak eonline courses to get his degree, so that he could actually coach at State...???

  • Vote for Pedro Dec 11, 5:46 p.m.

    So he gets special treatment because he has money to keep him out of jail.
    LetsBeFair

    I believe most tax issues like this can be resolved by paying the back taxes and a fine. If he has the money to do that then yea, he is being treated like most everyone else with regard to punishment. It won't murder or armed robbery.

  • LetsBeFair Dec 11, 5:36 p.m.

    So he gets special treatment because he has money to keep him out of jail.

  • Vote for Pedro Dec 11, 5:23 p.m.

    I reckon haters be hatin. Leave the guy alone, he made a mistake and now will have to pay for it. I believe he is a good person overall and this in no way should reflect badly on NCSU.
    I'm a UNC fan, yet I can still have an unbiased opinion, go Heels!

  • lsdhome Dec 11, 5:10 p.m.

    Boo! Hiss!

  • immaannoid Dec 11, 5:08 p.m.

    Nobody should have to pay taxes so the state politicians can funnel it to their friends.

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