NC State confirms Mark Gottfried will be fired at season's end

Mark Gottfried is out at NC State, but will coach the rest of the season, according to a report by WRAL's Jeff Gravley.

Sources tell ESPN Gottfried's job likely depends on how the Wolfpack performs in the coming weeks.

Gottfried led NC State to the NCAA tournament in his first four years leading the program, but the Wolfpack went 16-17 and 5-13 in ACC play last year and missed the tournament.

Despite the aforementioned news being announced on Thursday afternoon, Gottfried now owns a 122-82 overall record as the head coach at North Carolina State.

Athletic director Debbie Yow announced Thursday that Gottfriend will not return as coach for the 2017-18 season with N.C. State's only hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament being a miraculous run to the ACC tournament title.

"It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here", Gottfried said in a release.

Defensive issues have plagued NC State all season, and the team has gone on a six-game losing skid since the win at Duke. The early timing of NC State's dismissal makes Miller's future plans - a topic that was sure to surface in March - of high interest here in mid-February. The anger of fans and boosters seemed to escalate with every big-point loss and the Wolfpack at only a game over.500 and 3-11 in the ACC itself this season. They've lost six straight games since a stunning 84-82 upset victory at Duke on January 23. He claimed following a 30-point loss to Wake Forest in Winston Salem - NC State's third-straight loss of 25 points or more - that he wasn't "paying attention" to the noise. He's expected to be a lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft.

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