N.C. State is close to a home-and-home series with Kansas, new basketball coach Mark Gottfried told the Raleigh Sports Club on Wednesday.
The Wolfpack would go to Lawrence in December 2012, with Kansas coming to the RBC Center in December 2013. Gottfried said the contract had not yet been finalized and signed.
Among about 30 minutes of comments and Q&A before about 200 fans, many dressed in N.C. State red, Gottfried pleased the crowd by taking a shot at Jim Boeheim. The Syracuse coach earlier this month mocked Greensboro as an ACC Tournament site while proposing a move to New York as Syracuse and Pittsburgh joined the league.
“I think the tournament has so much tradition, probably more than any other basketball tournament in the country,” Gottfried said. “I like the fact, whether it’s in Greensboro, or to me, Charlotte would be a great place. Jim Boeheim popping off up there that he thinks it needs to be in New York -- he needs to get in the league first, before he starts making demands on the league.”
As for the upcoming season, Gottfried continued to set the bar low for the Wolfpack, which finished 10th in the ACC in Sidney Lowe’s final season.
“We have to find a way to collectively become a team,” Gottfried said. “The talent on our team is not great. It’s not terrible. It’s a group of guys that if they can become unselfish and truly buy into what’s important, we might be competitive this year. But we have a long way to go.”