The coaching carousel may start turning early in 2017.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Mark Gottfried is likely out at North Carolina State unless his team goes on a late-season run.
Here is an excerpt:
“He could be gone this week, if they get pounded by North Carolina tomorrow night,” one source close to the situation told ESPN on Tuesday night.
Gottfried, 53, was hired by athletic director Debbie Yow in 2011 and proceeded to go to the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. He still has three years — worth an estimated $2.3 million — on his deal.
However, the Wolfpack were 16-17 last season and are 14-12 and 3-10 in ACC play this season, with a likely high lottery pick on the roster in Dennis Smith Jr.
Yow, according to several sources, has been unhappy with the lack of effort with the current team.
“They have more than enough talent to get to the NCAA tourney,” one ACC coach told ESPN. “They just don’t play hard at all.”
Gottfried previously coached at Murray State and Alabama.
Tom Cream…you’re on the clock.