Gottfried hire supported by former players

North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried isn’t one of the hottest names mentioned in the UCLA coaching search, but his ties to the school have helped him stay in the conversation.

A source said that although the former UCLA assistant had not yet been contacted by the Bruins, former players have been supporting his hire. The source added that Gottfried — who worked in Westwood from 1987-95 — would be interested in the position should it be offered, but is also happy in Raleigh and would only move for the right situation.

A SNY.tv report also stated that UCLA boosters are behind a Gottfried hire. According to the Charlotte Observer, the coach has a $3.75 million buyout in his contract with N.C. State. He just finished his second year with the Wolfpack, one that ended in the NCAA tournament’s round of 64. He took the team to the Sweet Sixteen the year prior.

The 49-year-old might not be the fans’ favorite choice. He was part of Jim Harrick’s national championship-winning staff in 1995, but has reached the Sweet Sixteen only twice in 16 seasons as a head coach. In 2009, he also resigned in the middle of Alabama’s season after the departure of star player Ronald Steele.

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  • Marc

    Please, no…

    Jack- can you see if Anyone associated with UCLA in any way has been trying to talk up Gregg Marshall from Wichita State? I can’t believe thus guy is so far down on everyone’s list. Thanks.

  • Mark

    I’m not interested in Gottfried. We can go younger and more up & coming. “Knowing” LA or Ucla isn’t that critical. It’s not that complicated. Heck, Mora picked it up right quick!

    • FreeShabazz

      Yeah, just hire Shaka Smart. Right Trojan Mark?

  • Bru-Crew_UCLA

    No thanks Mr. Guerrero. Can u do better than someone who’s last named can be scrambled to read Got Fired? He has a spotted pass and we don’t need that around UCLA. Keep searching…. Maybe our new AD can find us a Great new BB coach.

    • ThaiMex

      Amen Brother!

    • Bruwins

      Lavin had a better record than him

  • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

    He’d be perfect!

    • Marc

      ^^^^^ that’s all you need to know.

      A blow hard troGan thinks Gottfried would be great.

  • Mark

    I would like to know who these former players are. UCLA players that were here 1987-1995? His players from Alabama?

    And where do the boosters fit in. Surely Howland has his money situation all lined up and freedom to make the decision…

  • skinnypup

    Brian Shaw is a done deal. He
    will be signed on Monday.

    Brings no cal connections and so cal rings.
    has compelling back story — good leader — knows the game — was a player in
    the league.

    hope it works !

  • Bru-Crew_UCLA

    B- Shaw would be a perfect fit.

    • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

      Yawn. Yesterday U