Ousted Wolfpack coach: It’s a tough neighborhood

Ousted Wolfpack coach: It’s a tough neighborhood Wednesday Mar 8, 2017 at 9:40 PM Adam Smith Times-News @adam_smithTN
NEW YORK — The practice court at the Barclays Center has been converted into a media workroom this week for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, with colorful school banners representing the league’s 15 basketball schools part of the temporary décor.
Mark Gottfried motioned in their direction as he began to answer the following questions about the North Carolina State coaching position that he no longer holds.
For a coach, what kind of job is the Wolfpack’s? Good or bad?
“You look around all these banners, all these other schools,” Gottfried said Tuesday, after N.C. State’s season came to an end. “Nobody else is compared daily the way our guys and our program is to North Carolina and Duke. They’re just not.
“The fact that in six years — four (NCAA) tournaments, two Sweet 16s, two years missed the (NCAA) tournament — and they’re hunting for a new coach, I’m not sure that’s happening at about 50 percent or 60 percent of the rest of the league, quite honestly.”
N.C. State’s neighborhood rivals always become part of the discussion connected to the Wolfpack’s place in the pecking order of college basketball.
Gottfried said that dynamic gives N.C. State its own unique set of circumstances, from the built-in challenges to the potential benefits and rewards.
“Different than every other job in this league,” he said. “The expectation at our place is a little different than maybe it is at some other schools.
“It’s a great place. It’s a tough situation because of some of those things. But I wouldn’t trade my experience here for anything in the world.” About Us