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2006 Top Newsmakers: Area University Coaching Changes

Posted December 26, 2006
Updated December 28, 2006

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— (April 3) With the announcement that he was leaving North Carolina State University to take a coaching job at Arizona State University, basketball coach Herb Sendek became the first in what turned out to be the first of a series of major coaching changes at Triangle universities.

Two months and at least four prospects later, N.C. State named Detroit Pistons assistant coach Sidney Lowe as Sendek's successor.

With three years remaining in his contract and five games left in the season, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fired head football coach John Bunting in late October after a dismal 3-9 season.

Administrators quickly named former Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis to replace Bunting.

And the Wolfpack sent head football coach Chuck Amato packing after ending the season with seven straight losses. Amato was 49-37 and led the Wolfpack to five bowl games in seven seasons, but he went 25-31 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and never finished higher than fourth.

N.C. State chose Boston College head Coach Tom O'Brien to replace Amato.
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