NC State formally announces that Mark Gottfried will not be back after coaching out the season pic.twitter.com/rk18cElQGK
— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) February 16, 2017
As much as I do enjoy a good firing, the fact Gottfried will finish the season — I’ll let y’all speculate why — gives me no confidence our current leadership has any control of this program. We all know this program has the potential to make a great hire (evidenced by John Calipari confirming he had initially accepted the State job in 2006), but for whatever the reasons (start with former AD incompetence and work down the list), that hasn’t happened.
I hope I’m wrong, but hope isn’t a strategy and nothing our administration has done in the past 30 years — since our last ACC title — suggests we can expect a great hire this time. We want to believe Archie Miller would take the job because he (and his wife) is one of us, and despite three decades of irrelevance, we’re loyal to a fault and that’s what we would do.
But with (at least) a month remaining in Dayton’s season, all we can really do now is agonize over the rumors and unsubstantiated speculation based wholly on what that unnamed Top Donor with the inside scoop told our buddy’s buddy. Who knows, maybe we’ll finally get Rick Barnes.
Now, I encourage everyone to get out to RDU and start tracking tail numbers.