Cal State Northridge hired Mark Gottfried despite a cloud of potential NCAA sanctions hanging over his head from his time at NC State, and what seemed like a very stupid idea at that time has indeed turned out to be a very stupid idea.
The Gott man may have run afoul of the NCAA again—at the least, he’s done enough to warrant being placed on administrative leave by CSUN, along with the rest of his staff. That takes some doing, I’d imagine.
“Upon learning of potential rules violations within our men’s basketball program, I directed an immediate review and have placed our men’s basketball coaching staff on paid administrative leave while we complete this internal review. Our focus will be on the welfare of our student-athletes and ensuring their academic, athletic and personal success. CSUN does not comment on specific employee issues and cannot elaborate further about the nature of the potential violations while the review is underway. However, CSUN is committed to ensuring full compliance with all university and NCAA regulations while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and institutional responsibility.”
CSUN’s athletics director went on to add, “Well, well, well, if it isn’t the consequences of my own actions.”
Someone needs to have a talk with Gottfried about his rules violatin’ so that he might at least improve the quality of said violatin’. He’s yet to have a team at Northridge finish above .500, and of course his NC State team with noteworthy hired hand Dennis Smith finished 15-17. (DSJ’s dunk at Duke was worth $40,000 to me, though.)