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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow says Maryland coach Gary Williams attempted to “sabotage” the Wolfpack’s search for a new men’s basketball coach.
Yow, the former Maryland athletic director, responded to a reporter’s question Tuesday to newly hired coach Mark Gottfried about whether she had a reputation as being difficult to work with. She says she had a “reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search. Come on, we all
know that.”
Doug Dull, a team spokesman at Maryland, did not immediately return a call or e-mail from The Associated Press for comment. Williams released a statement to the Baltimore Sun saying he hasn’t
talked to anyone connected to the N.C. State search and that anyone who says he did “isn’t being truthful.”

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AP Basketball Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — 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 last month 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.

The deal includes an automatic two-year extension if he leads NC State back to the NCAA’s in either of the next two seasons, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because the school hasn’t announced Gottfried’s contract terms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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