NC State: Gottfried won't return as men's basketball coach

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According to an official statement released by the school on Thursday afternoon, North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried will not return next season.

Athletic director Debbie Yow announced today that Mark Gottfried will be let go at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

NC State has five games left on the schedule, with a rematch against North Carolina up next on Wednesday.

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 made the NCAA tournament in his first four seasons at the helm, and advanced to two Sweet 16s, but, barring a run in the ACC tournament this year, will end his time in charge with two straight seasons without a postseason berth.

Gottfried has a 400-237 career mark over 20 seasons at Murray State, Alabama and North Carolina State.

Gottfried had this to say: "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". "I haven't had any discussions with anyone at NC State about that". But even with the upset, the 11 bad-look losses and blowouts were enough to do in Gottfried.

Gottfried received a contract extension in September 2015 that runs through the 2019-20 season. The issue then became that he failed to translate his major recruiting victory in actual wins or defensive aptitude. They finished 13th in the ACC with a record of just 5-13. 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. Now, Wolfpack fans can revert to their natural state: wandering aimlessly amongst the piedmont, excitedly recalling the 1983 title game and pontificating about the Next Year that never comes.

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