Here we are again. On the precipice of another basketball coaching search. Has it really been six years since the infamous “sabotaged” search of 2011? Or 11 years since the bungling circus broadcast in real time on the PackPride message boards?
Time flies, I guess.
Mark Gottfried is done as NC State’s head coach. It’s no longer a question of if, but when. Loose-lipped “sources” who are unfortunately too “close to the situation” have already been spilling their guts to local and national media alike about plans to ditch Mark after the season and the initial efforts to replace him.
It’s all we State fans can talk about since Monday and all this is transpiring with nearly a month to go in the season. State’s home matchup against UNC is tonight and all eyes are on Gottfried’s employment status, not this game. All things considered, the timing could not be worse—an impressive feat given our past track record of poor timing.
I never like playing this “what if” game as a fan of my school, but I can’t shake this: an embarrassing loss to UNC tonight might be the best thing for everyone involved.
It feels gross just typing it, but here’s my rationale: The cat is out of the bag. There will only be more leaks to the press moving forward. The athletic department will only face more questions about his job status and be forced to release more “non-denial denial” press releases about how things will be evaluated at the end of the year. Known potential replacements will field awkward questions and be forced to give awkward answers.
It’s admirable to want to give Mark an opportunity to “rescue” the season with a late run and an ACC Tournament title, but that ain’t happening.
An embarrassing loss tonight gives you an out to pull the trigger now, save some face and let the normal process of a coaching search begin. Midseason moves aren’t ideal, but it may give State a leg up on things as the process of discretely gauging interest begins in earnest. If Yow chooses to use a search firm, as she has in the past, she can employ one in plain view instead of in a clandestine manner (which itself would be a juicy, awkward, leak-able piece of information were Mark still employed).
Bottom line: these last few weeks of a dead-man-walking Gottfried don’t need to happen. They shouldn’t happen. And if getting our ass spanked by Carolina tonight by 50 (again) brings a swift, clean end to the Mark Gottfried chapter and allows us to move on to the next phase, by all means, let it happen.
In rewatching the William & Mary game this evening, I was really impressed with the scoring play that concluded the first half and wanted to break it down piece-by-piece for you. It highlights the emphasis on the effective downfield blocking that will be a staple of offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz’s system.
It’s second and three from the W&M 16 with 0:20 on the clock. Cherry is lined up wide at the top of the screen; Stephen Louis is lined up below him in the slot.
That’s it! Five years and 230-some-odd shows later, this is the final episode.
We picked some good folks to help us close it out: Bobby Purcell joins us in the first segment to discuss the Wolfpack Club and his involvement with the Pigskin Preview, then two familiar faces–Chuck Amato and Austin Johnson–rejoin Matt and I one last time to help close up shop.
Thank you for listening over the years!
Well, we’re winding things down. Matt Purdy joins me this week to discuss the end of the baseball season and give us one more power-shot of recruiting news before we wrap things up next week.
Lauren returns this week for another guest appearance! We talk a good bit about baseball, some basketball draft news and even a bit about the passing of Muhammed Ali.
NC State basketball SID Josh Rattray joins us to discuss how he came to NC State, the past basketball season and the prognosis for State basketball moving forward.
Plus, we sneak in a little baseball talk at the end.
Two first-time guests and a familiar face reunite on this week’s show. Ernie Myers is joined by Cozell McQueen and Max Perry of the 83 team to recount their visit to the White House this past week, as well as help Matt and I discuss the commitment of Omer Yurtseven.