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Reports: N.C. State Already Looking For Mark Gottfried's Replacement

N.C. State will reportedly let go of men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried after the season, and is already working to replace him.

Sporting News' Mike DeCourcey reports that the school is already actively searching for his replacement, with the decision to move on coming off of the Wolfpack's embarrassing 88-58 loss to in-state rival Wake Forest.

North Carolina State is in the process of searching for a replacement for head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried, who is near the completion of his sixth season in charge of the Wolfpack.

A source close to the process told Sporting News the university has begun to reach out to gauge the interest of potential candidates, including at least one such contact initiated Tuesday.

DeCourcy backs up a Monday report by ABC 11's Mark Armstrong.

N.C. State denied that it had reached a decision on Gottfried's future with the 'Pack.

Armstrong stood by his report after the stern denial by State.

Gottfried, previously the head coach at Alabama and Murray State. He is 122-81 at N.C. State, but after four straight 20-plus win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances to start his tenure with the school, N.C. State went 16-17 in 2015-16, and at 14-12 this year, with a 3-10 record in ACC play, the Wolfpack are poised to miss the Big Dance for a second straight season.

Things don't get easier for Gottfried from here, if he does have a chance to save his job. The Wolfpack host UNC on Wednesday, Notre Dame on Saturday, and finish up at Georgia Tech, vs. Virginia, and at Clemson.

[Sporting News]