Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wolfpack Snares ESPN's Gottfried

N.C. State will name former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried its next men's basketball coach at a 5 p.m. ET news conference, according to multiple reports.

Gottfried will replace Sidney Lowe, who stepped down as coach of the Wolfpack on March 15. Lowe was 86-78 in his five years as the Wolfpack coach, but just 25-55 in the ACC.

During 11 seasons at Alabama, Gottfried had an overall record of 210–132. The Crimson Tide made the NCAA Tournament five times under his watch, reaching the Elite Eight in 2004. Gottfried resigned during the 2008-09 season and has been working in TV with ESPN.

The Wolfpack loses leading scorer Tracy Smith, but returns four of its five top scorers, led by highly touted rising freshman C.J. Leslie.

Numerous coaches who were seen as N.C. State candidates opted to stay at their current locations including Arizona's Sean Miller, VCU's Shaka Smart, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall and Memphis' Josh Pastner.

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