Gottfried might be only familiar face for Pack next season
Mar 28, 2013
When UCLA fired Ben Howland on Sunday, NC State's Mark Gottfried was inevitably going to pop on on the coaching search radar. He wasn't going to be a top-tier candidate, but his connections to the program and style of play desired by officials in Westwood made Gottfried a logical go-to if enough said no.
One such booster said as much to SNY reporter Adam Zagoria. “Mark said he wants it and the boosters want Mark Gottfried,” the source told Zagoria. UCLA beat writer Ryan Kartje essentially told Mike Maniscalco and Mark Thomas the same thing Wednesday morning on 620 AM The Buzz.
Gottfried ended the speculation later Wednesday night on Twitter, squeezing his commitment to NC State into 140 characters.
"#WPN I am committed to being at @NCState for a long time Still as dedicated to rebuilding the program as I was 2 yrs ago when I arrived," Gottfried tweeted.
The idea of potential "dream job" aside, Gottfried has it pretty good at NC State. His contract was reworked before the start of the season and extended through the 2017-18. Gottfried has a $3.75 million buyout and a lucrative bonus structure that pays out chunks of his base salary for certain achievements, including a $125,000 payout had the Wolfpack reached 12 conference wins this season.
Coaches like Mark Few at Gonzaga, Shaka Smart of VCU and Brad Stevens at Butler have also proven that college basketball sensibilities are vastly different than the world of college football. The right coach can win there, but jumping to UCLA just for the name brand is outweighed by already being well compensated and a sustainability of success.
And that's exactly what NC State can be for Gottfried. Even if Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo dubbed Wolfpack fans the "most delusional about its program's national prestige" on ESPN Radio on Wednesday, it's not like NC State fired a guy who went to three straight Final Four appearances. Despite a season that's justifiably labeled as an underachievement, most rational Wolfpack fans understand the program is in better shape today than it has been in a long time.
Now Gottfried has to keep it going in the right direction. He'll face a challenge next season with the possibility of severe roster turnover.
Most of it is expected. Seniors Scott Wood and Richard Howell are out of eligibility, while Lorenzo Brown informed the school he'll enter the NBA Draft. C.J. Leslie is also expected to go pro, so don't read into those vague tweets.
That leaves T.J. Warren, Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis as NC State's nucleus of experience. They'll be joined by freshman point guard Anthony Barber, center BeeJay Anya, forward Kyle Washington and LSU transfer Ralston Turner. Expectations next season will be properly adjusted with such a green group, but that's the nature of modern college basketball.
However, Joe Giglio of the News & Observer has dropped enough hints in print to fuel speculation some or all of the trio might not be back next season.
Warren's father told the N&O, "If he's a first-round pick, I think it would be a good decision." Meanwhile, Purvis and Lewis have been the subject of transfer speculation.
Never a dull moment in Raleigh.
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RE: Gottfried might be only familiar face for Pack next seasonNone of this back and forth banter changes a darn thing... Ovies trolls PP for the next "story", both for his radio show and for articles like these. This is the best WRAL has to offer for sports reporting? I mean, shouldn't there at least be an attempt to reach out to family or people close to the situation, and report what you find? The sensationalized headline followed by the last comment is just poor form - not everyone pays for premium content or even goes beyond glancing at the local mainstream outlets for information. It's unfortunate that irresponsible "journalism" results in casual fans assuming the worst and running around like chicken little.
RE: Gottfried might be only familiar face for Pack next seasonI pay for DD, while my brother pays for PP. I have access to both, just as he does. Like I said earlier, I use it mostly for recruiting info. Also, I don't pull against State unless they are playing Duke, and even then I don't enjoy it. But, I do enjoy revving up the lunatic fringe State fans.
RE: Gottfried might be only familiar face for Pack next seasonA Duke fan paying for PP Premium, that's classic.
RE: Gottfried might be only familiar face for Pack next season
Both Brown and Leslie should come back. They should come back and have a killer year next year on the college level. However, they make be fine with going pro to make some money, which will be there next year, to only sit the pine, their games are not ready yet for the pro level. It is really sad.- Posted by cctlallen
Would like to see Brown come back. Would not have a problem if CJ Leslie takes the first step to becoming a star in Europe.
RE: Gottfried might be only familiar face for Pack next season
- Posted by nufsaid- Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns- Posted by 78FJ40- Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns
so Giglio and Ovies mention a "rumor" spawned by a James Henderson thread, and they are to blame. Interesting.
Poor little State fan. SVP nailed you guys. I seriously only know a few State fans who are not total lunatics, and they even think he is gone.
First off, James didn't start any thread saying Purvis is leaving. You are probably basing your info on thread titles trolling the Prem. boards w/o access to read what James has said. LOL at you being dead wrong. Nobody with the PP staff has reported Purvis nor Lewis transferring. End of story, thanks for playing.
No, he started a thread with some obscure quotes from Gott earlier in the season. Then, the posters who have thousands of posts said what he was too chicken to say himself, and he never denied it.
The joke is on you, sir, because I have premium access and I read it ALL. I know exactly what was said and who said it. I know how these things work. He spills a little bit of inside info and then sits back and watches y'all squirm. If Purvis leaves, he will say I was trying to tell you. If he doesn't he will claim that is not what he meant in the first place.
Not sure "premium access" means anything more than you enjoy gossip.
That's fair and probably an accurate statement most of the time. However, there are credible sources on those boards. I think most, like myself, like them because of the recruiting info. I love ACC basketball, so naturally I am going to love ACC basketball gossip too.