Mark Gottfried fired at NC State, will coach remainder of season

  • Mark Gottfried fired at NC State, will coach remainder of season

Mark Gottfried fired at NC State, will coach remainder of season

After a week of rumors regarding an impending change, N.C. State fired head basketball coach Mark Gottfried today.

"Mark Gottfried remains our head coach and we are all focused on our next opponent", the statement read.

The Wolfpack were run out of the gym by North Carolina, and after the game Tar Heels guard Joel Berry had an interesting take on why NC State has been struggling. The Wolfpack have a 14-13 record, including 3-11 in ACC play. Gottfried, 53, was hired by athletic director Debbie Yow in 2011 and proceeded to go to the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.

Gottfried has a 400-237 career mark over 20 seasons at Murray State, Alabama and North Carolina State.

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And after a slow start to the 2016-17 season, including six consecutive losses and three by 20 or more points, the Wolfpack have chose to move on from Gottfried. With the exception of an 84-82 triumph at Duke, however, the season has mostly spiraled out of control for Gottfried's group. "I haven't had any discussions with anyone at NC State about that".

NC State has lost 10 of its last 12 games, including six straight, despite having freshman Dennis Smith Jr., one of the best players in the nation. Armstrong added that he was told that the University nearly let Gottfried go after the Wolfpack's lopsided loss at Wake Forest Saturday but administrators ultimately made a decision to wait until NC State's season ended.

NC State is already reaching out to potential replacements to gauge interest in the job, according to Mike Decourcy of The Sporting News.