NC State Denies Report Of Gottfried Firing

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NC State Denies Report Of Gottfried Firing

Less than 24 hours after a 24-point loss to North Carolina, North Carolina State has confirmed that head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried will not return next season. As of his firing announcement, the Wolfpack are 30-30 since the start of the 2016 season and seem unlikely to garner an invitation to the NIT this season, let alone the main tournament.

Gottfried has been at State for 6 years and has a record of 122-82 and 47-55 in ACC play during his time leading the Pack.

But this season, State is 14-13 and 3-11 in conference play even with potential National Basketball Association draft lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr. He took the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament in his first four seasons with two Sweet 16 appearances before missing the Tournament past year.

Gottfried is in his sixth season as NC State's head coach.

Gottfried made the tournament in his first four seasons at NC State before missing the postseason entirely a year ago during a 16-17 season.

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"It's been a privilege to serve as coach of NC State, and I'm proud of what we accomplished during my time here", Gottfried said in a statement.

Gottfried, 53, is owed about $2.5 million as a buyout for the remainder of his contract. But even with the upset, the 11 bad-look losses and blowouts were enough to do in Gottfried.

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. They finished 13th in the ACC with a record of just 5-13.

As for a potential replacement, Armstrong reported N.C. State has put out "preliminary feelers" gauging Dayton head coach Archie Miller's interest in the job.

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