The rumor mill for coaching changes is already cranking up for the offseason, and on that State fans might find interesting is this: per multiple sources, UCLA head coach Ben Howland has been notified that he will be terminated, and one of the names already being floated around is NC State head coach Mark Gottfried:
Howlandâ€™s job status with the team was at risk when the team lost 83-63 to No. 11 seed MinnesotaÂ in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
When asked about his job security after the loss, Howland didnâ€™t have much to say.
â€œI have no comment. Anything in reference to any questions concerning my job status, I just want to talk about the fact that I am so proud of these kids,â€ he said.
So where does the Gottfried connection come in? Andy Glockner, the college basketball writer for SI.com:
Glockner did add a few minutes later that he doubted it was going to happen, but at the same time, he did take the time to share what he’d heard, so we may assume it come from at least semi-credible sources:
Make of it what you will, but given the fact that Gottfried has taken a near-dead NC State program to the NCAA’s two years running and has incoming recruits to the program that should set it up for sustained success, it’s easy to see why his name would be in the mix, especially at a school where he was once an assistant coach.Â Time will tell what may or may not come of this.