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NC State's Gottfried will not return next season

Posted February 16
Updated February 17

— North Carolina State head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried will not return next season.

Gottfried, who owns a 122-82 record in five-plus seasons with the Wolfpack and 47-55 in ACC play, will finish the season with the team but will not return for the final year of his contract.

“Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program,” said Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. “While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season’s end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward. Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our season.”

The 53-year-old Gottfried has led the program to four NCAA Tournaments, including two Sweet 16s. His win total has declined in recent seasons, however, prompting speculation about his future. He was granted a two-year extension following the Wolfpack’s 2012 tournament run that would have carried him through the 2017-18 season.

NC State will owe Gottfried $2.28 million as part of his early termination buyout.

"It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here," Gottfried said. "NC State is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season."

Gottfried's son, Aaron, Tweeted a Yellow Pad image of his father's accomplishments shortly after news broke.

NC State (14-13, 3-11 ACC) lost by 24 points to rival UNC Wednesday. That followed a 30-point loss to Wake Forest earlier in the week and a 51-point loss to UNC earlier in the season.

Gottfried is 400-230 in 19-plus seasons as a head coach that include stops at Murray State and Alabama.

NC State said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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  • George Brown Feb 17, 11:33 a.m.
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    Wait wait don't tell me Mamie the wife doesn't know?

  • New Holland Feb 17, 10:58 a.m.
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    this is such an analogy to a global arms race. one or two years of bad results leads to a major reshuffle and more money too spend to try to get someone to hopefully get you 4-6 more wins the next 2-3 seasons. Then you've got the guy of the moment to take you forward.
    just not fair to the whole basketball nation.

  • Randy Smith Feb 17, 9:29 a.m.
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    Agreed! Yow is very much a part of the issue. NC State needs to make the decision as to what they want out of both their basketball and football programs. It starts with the AG. If the intent is to have a the basketball program at the same levels as UNC and Duke then it's time to loosen the wallet strings. If they want a football program on the same level as FSU or Clemson then loosen the wallet strings. With each, it's a must to have the recruiting power. The other part of that equation is finding someone of those calibers willing to come to NC State.

  • Chad Overton Feb 17, 8:43 a.m.
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    There is more to this story. Seems like there are chemistry issues on the current team and Coach was not able to correct. Unfortunately he is taking the fall (and the last 2 seasons were a bust). I liked the coach and he is on par with anyone else that NC State will hire.

  • Anna Temple Feb 17, 7:37 a.m.
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    The Fans, the constituents, were demanding it. The people wanted a new coach, the people are getting a new coach. Please, this is what allows coaches to make the big bucks, they play the game too.

  • George Wilson Feb 16, 8:52 p.m.
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    Debbie needs to go. Our entire program is in need of true leadership and a definite direction. She's failed to give us that, period. We need to spend the money and get with a progressive program...

  • Mark Taylor Feb 16, 5:57 p.m.
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    I'm not even a State fan, but fully rooting for that scenario now. Would be fun to watch what happened afterwards.

  • Doug Bogard Feb 16, 5:04 p.m.
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    Debbie Yow needs to go. She is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

  • Mike Slawter Feb 16, 4:42 p.m.
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    We've always handled coaching choices poorly. From how we treated Amato to O'Brien and O'Cain to Sendek, Robinson, Lowe, Valvano and now Gottfried. I'm NOT saying they were great coaches. We've had some horrible athletic directors, including the one now, who if you'll remember wasted no time in replacing her sister's replacement-Harper. I think Woodson needs to pull in Debbie Yow and make changes at that level first. Only then do I think we can have a successful program.

  • Jeff Franklin Feb 16, 3:02 p.m.
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    So, what happens when State gets on a roll in the ACC tournament? It happened in 83.

    Fun times in West Raleigh.

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