Gottfried "committed" to NC State, according to tweet
Posted March 27, 2013
Updated March 28, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Update Wednesday 10 p.m.: Mark Gottfried took to Twitter Wednesday evening to address rumors of a possible interest in the open UCLA coaching position, saying he is dedicated to NC State.
At about 10 p.m, Gottfried posted the following from his Twitter account:
"#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"
UCLA administrators, starting to realize they may be unable to land a top name to replace Ben Howland as head men's basketball coach, are looking to expand their search, and North Carolina State University's Mark Gottfried is among the leading candidates.
"Word is that Gottfried is one of the guys that UCLA boosters are looking at and are excited about," UCLA beat writer Ryan Kartje told Mike Maniscalco and Mark Thomas Wednesday morning on 620 AM The Buzz.
Kartje, who covers the Bruins for the Orange County Register, granted that Gottfried is somewhat of a second choice. "The first tier that UCLA fans would like to see are guys like Billy Donovan and Rick Pitino – guys that are probably out of their reach," he said.
As for Gottfried, who in two seasons is 48-23 with two straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, "I would say he is definitely a candidate," Kartje said. "I think you are definitely going to hear a lot about Mark Gottfried, and that's probably when NC State fans should start sweating about it."
Kartje said the Bruins are also targeting Butler's Brad Stevens, and would likely wait for him to express whether he is interested in the job before more aggressively pursuing Gottfried.
"The indications are that he (Gottfried) would absolutely listen (if approached about the job)," Kartje said. "I think if Brad Stevens isn't in the fold, I think Mark Gottfried is maybe the lead candidate for the job."