North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried reacts during a game against Louisville in the 2015 NCAA Tournament in Syracuse, New York. AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File
Mark Gottfried, welcome to life as a lame-duck coach.
N.C. State and Gottfried parted ways on Thursday after a season that began with promise fell apart with losses in 11 of 14 Atlantic Coast Conference games, including six in a row.
It’s rare for a college program to change coaches but keep him around to finish the season because most firings and resignations take place after a season, not during one.
Here’s a look at a few memorable lame-duck college coaches over the years:
JOHN BRADY, Arkansas State, 2016
Brady spent the entirety of the 2015-16 season as a lame duck after announcing in November 2015 that he would resign from the Red Wolves at the end of the season. Brady is perhaps best known for leading Glen “Big Baby” Davis and LSU to the Final Four in 2006. He did not have to serve a lame-duck term when LSU fired him in February 2008, because the school named as his interim replacement Butch Pierre _ who coincidentally is in his first, and now only, season with Gottfried at N.C. State.
RICARDO PATTON, Colorado, 2007
Patton took the Buffaloes to two NCAA Tournaments in his first 10 years at the school but, upset that he didn’t receive a contract extension before the 2006-07 season, announced on the eve of his 11th year that it would be his last. AD Mike Bohn said he kept Patton around because he didn’t want to disrupt continuity. His final Colorado team finished 7-20 and went 3-13 in Big 12 play.
MIKE DAVIS, Indiana, 2006
The successor to Bob Knight at Indiana took the Hoosiers took them to four NCAA Tournaments in his first five years and reached the national title game in 2002. But under intense fan pressure, he announced in February 2006 that he would resign after the season. His final Indiana team reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and he went on to coach at UAB and now is in charge at Texas Southern.
TOM DAVIS, Iowa, 1999
The winningest coach in Hawkeyes history coached his final season in 1998-99 knowing he would not be retained the next year, effectively making him a lame duck for an entire season. The athletic director who chose not to retain him? Bob Bowlsby, who would become the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. Davis took Iowa to the Sweet 16 before his tenure at the school ended with a loss to eventual national champion Connecticut.
C.M. NEWTON, Vanderbilt, 1989
Newton announced in January 1989 that he was resigning that April to become the athletic director at his alma mater, Kentucky. The Commodores finished 19-14 and were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round by Notre Dame. Things turned out OK for Newton, who arrived in Lexington and turned around a probation-stricken program by hiring Rick Pitino.
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