The UCLA Bruins fired head coach Ben Howland this past weekend and now their search for a new coach is on.
The only problem: the interest isn’t exactly through the roof.
Less than 24 hours after VCU head coach Shaka Smart spurned the Bruins’ interest by signing a contract extension through the 2022-23 season, North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried tweeted about his own commitment to the school that he’s currently at.
Gottfried’s name had been rumored to be connected to the UCLA opening and that the former Bruins’ assistant could very well be the top option aside from Smart. Well, that’s why some of these things are rumors and rumors only.
Gottfried took to Twitter on Thursday to address #WPN:
— Mark Gottfried (@Mark_Gottfried) March 28, 2013
Well, there you have it. So if Gottfried is really be truthful about his commitment, Wolfpack fans would have no reason to worry about their coach leaving Raleigh for UCLA.
In two seasons at North Carolina State, Gottfried has guided the Wolfpack to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. After a run to the Sweet 16 in 2012, N.C. State had big-time preseason expectations prior to the start of this year. The Wolfpack did not exactly live up to their No. 6 preseason ranking and were one and done in the Round of 64.
North Carolina State will have a much more youthful look in 2013-14, as the Wolfpack are saying goodbye to seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood, while juniors Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie appear both destined for the 2013 NBA Draft.
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