There are several Division I college basketball head coaching jobs open but none will be more scrutinized than those at N.C. State, Missouri, and LSU. All three schools have winning traditions behind them. The Wolfpack, of course, won a national championship in 1983 under legendary head coach Jim Valvano and one in 1974 under Norm Sloan. Since Valvano left the program in 1990, the Wolfpack have made it to the Sweet Sixteen three times, the final two under Mark Gottfried who was fired this season after the program went 15-17. Now, N.C. State, along with LSU and Missouri, will search for coaches that can resurrect their dormant programs.
Gottfried actually had plenty of success early. He took the Wolfpack to the Sweet Sixteen in his first season in 2011-12. They went back to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014-15 but regressed last year going 16-17 before this year’s 15-17. Still, in five seasons Gottfried went 123-86 overall. What sent the long-time head coach packing was the past two seasons in ACC play – 5-13 in 2015-16 and 4-14 this year….