ACC Basketball: Mark Gottfried will not return to NC State next season

Antonio JonesFeb 17, 2017

The NC State men's basketball team denied any rumors regarding the firing of head coach Mark Gottfried.

The Wolfpack has lost five ACC games by at least 20 points this season, including a 51-point "disaster", as Gottfried called it, 107-56 at UNC on January 8.

NC State is 122-82 during Gottfried's tenure and 47-55 in ACC play. This time around, North Carolina State now owns a almost even 14-13 record in addition to a disappointing 3-11 mark in ACC play.

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.

While the Wolfpack missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season, North Carolina State previously reached the "Big Dance" in each of Gottfried's first four seasons at the helm.

Gottfried led State to four NCAA Tournament appearances in five full seasons.

"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. Outside their talented point guard, who is also guilty of playing like a lost toddler on defense, the Wolfpack have few reliable shot creators, which is why they sit at 14th in the ACC and own a loss to the team sitting at No. 15, Boston College, which is truly a dick-shooting feat to be remembered.

Gottfried received a contract extension in September 2015 that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Earlier this week, multiple reports emerged that Gottfried would be fired following the season, and that NC State is already looking for his replacement. If Gottfried gets another job over the next three seasons, N.C. State would owe him the difference in his new contract and his base salary.

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