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AP Source: NC State turns to Gottfried

April 5, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried will be the next men's basketball coach at North Carolina State, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has yet to make a formal announcement. Gottfried is expected to attend a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Gottfried was in his 11th season as head coach at Alabama when he resigned in January 2009. He also spent three seasons as head coach at Murray State.

He replaces Sidney Lowe, who resigned last month after five seasons.

Gottfried, 47, inherits a program that hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since Herb Sendek's final year in 2006. Lowe had an 86-78 overall record, but went just 25-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference play and never finished higher than ninth in the league.

Gottfried's hiring comes a day after the school learned that VCU coach Shaka Smart — who had led the Rams to a surprising Final Four run — would remain there after receiving a new eight-year contract. Later Monday, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall — another name linked to the opening — announced on his radio show that he would remain with the Shockers.

The search earlier missed on apparent top target of Arizona's Sean Miller, the former Xavier head coach who also worked as an assistant to Sendek with the Wolfpack for five seasons. His father, John, said his son had declined to be interviewed.

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