Gottfried hired as coach at N.C. State

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RALEIGH, N.C. --- Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried is the new men's basketball coach at North Carolina State.

In a statement from the school Tuesday, Gottfried said he was "extremely excited about the opportunity and challenge" of taking over a program that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. He replaces Sidney Lowe, who resigned in March after five seasons.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the 47-year-old coach will receive a five-year deal with a guarantee of $1.2 million annually.

LAMAR: The Cardinals hired former Texas Tech coach Pat Knight, giving the son of Hall of Famer Bob Knight another Division I chance after three disappointing seasons with the Red Raiders.

Knight, 40, replaces Steve Roccaforte, who was fired after going 76-78 in five years.

Texas Tech fired Knight in March after he went 50-61 in three full seasons.

MISSOURI: Frank Haith says he's ready to embrace a passionate Missouri fan base that reacted to his hiring from Miami with a mix of skepticism and disappointment. He replaces Mike Anderson , who left for Arkansas.

"I spent a year at Miami and had trouble getting into my office because they didn't recognize me," he said jokingly at his introductory news conference. "I know I'm in a different place. I know they care."

KANSAS STATE: Frank Martin says he's happy coaching at the Big 12 school.

Still, in a radio interview on Tuesday, the South Florida native indicated he would listen if Miami calls.

 
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