Lou coached at N.C. State from '72 to '75. Not in football, at least. There was no automatic bowl tie-in for that conference's champion during that time (by contrast, the Big 10 and then-PAC-8 champs went to the Rose Bowl, the SEC champ went to the Sugar Bowl, the SWC champ went to the Cotton Bowl, and the then-Big 8 champ went to the Orange Bowl). Georgia Tech and Florida State had yet to join the conference, and the conference's first national champion (Clemson in '81) didn't come until a number of years later.
I suppose you could have substituted Minnesota for N.C. State in Lou's case, but he was at Minnesota about long enough to grab a cup of coffee and that was it.