NC State athletic director Debbie Yow announced today that Mark Gottfried has been fired. The 53-year-old head coach of their men’s basketball team will finish out the rest of the season, but then he will be forced to hit the bricks.
Gottfried got off to a great start at NC State, posting a 92-52 record and a 39-31 mark in the ACC over his first four years with the Wolfpack. He made the NCAA Tournament every year, and he advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice over this span.
The past two years have been pretty damn miserable, though. After going 16-17 (5-13 ACC) last season and missing the tourney, it’s been more of the same this year. NC State is currently 14-13 (3-11 ACC), and they’re in the midst of a brutal losing streak. They’ve lost their last six games, with their last three losses by an average margin of 26 points.
Gottfried’s current overall record at NC State is 122-82 (47-55 ACC), and he is still owed roughly $2.3 million for the last three years he has remaining on his contract. Good work if you can get it.