Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

NC State Has Fired Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried

WTVD reported Monday that NC State head coach Mark Gottfried would be fired after the season and that a preliminary approach has been made to Dayton head coach Archie Miller.

Gottfried is 122-82 (47-55 ACC) in six seasons NC State. Most recently, the Wolfpack fell to rival North Carolina on Wednesday night in Raleigh, 97-73.

The Wolfpack have been one of college basketball's biggest disappointments this season at 14-12 overall and 3-10 in the ACC. Lowe, the 1983 championship team's starting point guard, entered his first college head coaching gig with a significant amount of cushion from N.C. State higher-ups-in five years, he went 86-78 and never took them into the tournament.

"Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program", athletics director Debbie Yow said in a statement released by the school. According to Decourcy, the program considered firing Gottfried after its fifth straight loss on on Saturday, an 88-58 defeat to Wake Forest, but decided the timing wasn't right. "I haven't had any discussions with anyone at NC State about that". This season, despite having a projected top-five National Basketball Association pick in Dennis Smith Jr.

But N.C. State has slid to 30-30 over the past two seasons - including 8-24 in Atlantic Coast Conference play - and struggled to maintain continuity amid transfers, players leaving early to pursue professional playing careers, and staff turnover.

"Guys didn't know where to be, guys were doing their own thing and didn't care", Berry said, via Adam Smith of the Burlington Times-News. The team is allowing 92 points per game in ACC play.

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