Lofty expectations and a rabid fanbase have made the NC State job one of the least attractive head coaching gigs in the country, according to one anonymous candidate.
To the surprise of no one, Mark Gottfried was fired on Thursday after six seasons as head coach at NC State. Despite making the NCAA Tournament four times, twice advancing to the Sweet 16, it just wasn’t enough for Wolfpack fans. And while his team this year has been a disappointment, his firing sends a precarious message to the rest of the head coaching community: Your job at NC State is never safe.
And because of this, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, one anonymous coach referred to as a candidate for the job has extreme reservations about the situation with the Wolfpack:
…here’s what one second-tier candidate told me Thursday: “I wouldn’t touch that job. If making four NCAA Tournaments [in six years] gets you fired midseason [in your sixth year], it’s not a good job to take if you already have a good job.”
Thing is, NC State isn’t Kansas or Kentucky or Duke. It’s NC State. It’s clear administrators and fans want to win at a consistently high level, which is reasonable, but unless they acquire someone extraordinary, is that type of success really even possible for this program? It just makes Gottfried’s firing all the more puzzling.
Potential Replacements For Mark Gottfried At NC State
Archie Miller – Dayton
Record: 135-60 (2016-17: 20-5)
Miller, an NC State point guard from 1998-2002, is No. 1 on the list for what seems like a strong majority of Wolfpack fans. Miller, the brother of Arizona head coach Sean Miller, came to prominence in 2014, when he took the Flyers to the Elite Eight. He’s made three straight NCAA Tournaments and at 20-5, the Flyers look poised to make the Big Dance once again. Miller is one of the hottest coaching commodites out there, so State’s ability to reel him in over a number of other potential openings is a question, but there’s a chance that he would love the opportunity to take over at his alma mater.