DEVELOPING: Gottfried Out At NC State

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Mark Gottfried was expected to be fired at the end of the season but that timetable has been moved up: he was sacked Thursday.

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.

The announcement comes a day after NC State was blown out 97-73 by in-state rival North Carolina.

This season in particular got very ugly, very fast-non-conference play was kind to N.C. State, as it entered ACC play 11-2. The sixth-year coach had a 122-82 record at N.C. State and led the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons but the bottom has fallen out on the program the last two years.

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NC State wraps up the regular season March 1st at Clemson then it's on to the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn starting March 7th.

WTVD's Mark Armstrong reported Monday that NC State has "definitively decided" to dismiss men's basketball head coach Mark Gottfried after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. 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, apparently, asked AD Debbie Yow if he could finish the season as part of the responsibility to his players.

Gottfried made the tournament in his first four seasons at NC State before missing the postseason entirely a year ago during a 16-17 season.

Before eventually making his way to North Carolina State in 2011, Gottfried remained out of the collegiate head coaching scene from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011.

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