“That ain’t enough for me,” Gottfried said, turning to face the current Wolfpack players attending the news conference. “I’m here today because I want to play for a championship. That’s got to be your goal. You come to work every day, you come to practice, you better come with that in mind because that’s what we want to do.”
The hiring comes exactly three weeks after Lowe resigned from the program he led to a national championship as a player in 1983. He had an 86-78 overall record, but went just 25-55 in ACC play. He never finished higher than ninth in the league and managed a 3-16 record against Duke and North Carolina.
Gottfried was in his 11th season as head coach at Alabama when he resigned in January 2009 amid criticism of the team’s performance and the departure of star guard Ronald Steele. He had worked as a college basketball analyst for ESPN since leaving Alabama.
His new players didn’t know much about him yet.
“I mean, as much as people want to say you commit to a school, you really commit to the coaches,” sophomore Scott Wood said. “It’s definitely difficult, but at the same time Debbie Yow says that’s what’s best for the organization and we’re going to move forward.”