While most people are still talking about last night’s National Championship game (maybe the worst title game since the 2002 contest between Maryland and Indiana), NC State’s A.D. Debbie Yow
struck out again in her attempt to lure someone to coach the Wolfpack basketball team when Witchita State coach Greg Marshall declined convinced Mark Gottfried to become her new head basketball coach. Gottfried has been working with ESPN as a college basketball analyst for the past couple years after he resigned in the middle of the 2008-2009 season at the University of Alabama. In his 10.5 seasons with the Tide, he only had one losing season and made the NCAA tournament 5 times (going as far as the Elite 8 in 2004).
This certainly isn’t the sexy pick that most State fans probably wanted. But he has experience and is a winner. He isn’t going to be overwhelmed by the position and the rivalries with big boys Duke and UNC (*cough Sidney Lowe). I don’t know. I think they might be getting a consistent winner who gets them into a position where they are competing for post-season births every year. Yet that was essentially what Herb Sendek did and they got fed up with him…so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see (might be too much to ask from Wolfpack fans).