Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Sliding Wolfpack fires Gottfried

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Gottfried couldn't reverse North Carolina State's two-year slide in time to save his job.

The school announced Thursday that the coach is out after the season. The move comes as a once-promising season continued to unravel, with the Wolfpack (14-13, 3-11 ACC) struggling to compete, losing by lopsided margins.

N.C. State has lost six straight, four of those by at least 24, the last coming Wednesday against No. 10 North Carolina.

"Mark and I met to discuss the future direction of our program," athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. "While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season's end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward."

Gottfried is 122-82 in his sixth season with the Wolfpack, including NCAA Tournament trips in his first four years that included two Sweet 16 trips. But it has slid to 30-30 over the past two seasons, including 8-24 in the ACC.

"It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of N.C. State, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here," Gottfried said in a statement Thursday. "N.C. State is a special place, and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season."

No. 7 Oregon 79, Utah 61: Dillon Brooks scored 20 as the Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) extended their home winning streak to 41.

Women

Virginia 60, No. 4 FSU 51: Dominique Toussaint scored five of her 14 points in the final 1:27, including the go-ahead 3, as the host Cavaliers (17-9, 6-7 ACC) held the Seminoles to five points in the fourth quarter. FSU (23-4, 11-2) fell out of a first-place tie with Notre Dame.

No. 3 Miss. St. 58, Georgia 49: Ketara Chapel and Teaira McCowan each scored 14 to rally host MSU (26-1, 12-1 SEC).

No. 6 S.C. 82, VandY 51: Kaela Davis and Alaina Coates each scored 15 to propel the host Gamecocks (22-3, 12-1 SEC).

No. 7 N. Dame 84, Clemson 80: Marina Mabrey scored 24 of her career-high 29 in the second half as the visiting Irish (24-3, 12-1 ACC) won their eighth straight.

Football

BULLS FINISH STAFF: USF officially announced the hiring of assistants Damon Cogdell (defensive ends) and Sean Cronin (defensive tackles), completing Charlie Strong's staff. A native of South Florida, Cogdell spent last season as defensive coordinator for Class 6A state champ Miami Carol City but the two previous seasons was West Virginia's defensive line coach. Cronin, defensive ends coach at Marshall the past four seasons, was a graduate-assistant on Florida's 2006 and '08 national title teams.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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