After being turned down by the likes of Sean Miller and Shaka Smart along with other coaching candidates, N.C. State University finally found itself a basketball coach. It was reported today that N.C. State has Mark Gottfried as its new head coach. Many of you are probably wondering why that name sounds so familiar. Its because Gottfried has been out of coaching for the last two seasons, working as an ESPN analyst, after resigning from Alabama midway through the 2008-2009 season.
However, the coach has a proven track record as he spent 10 full seasons with the Tide, compiling a 210-132, five NCAA Tournament appearances and one SEC title. Gottfried also went to the Tournament in two out of three years with the Murray State basketball program.
The Gottfried hiring was announced less than 24 hours after Debbie Yow (NCSU Athletic Director) sent out a somewhat depressing e-mail to Wolfpack Club members, updating them on the coaching search. In Yow's e-mail she talked about how a few possible coaches that didn't work out and began used words like revival and rebuilding, referring to the basketball program.