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NC State meeting with Kevin Keats on Friday, per report

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Has NC State found its man?

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Virginia vs North Carolina-Wilmington Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NC State is meeting with Kevin Keatts today, according to a report from Jon Rothstein at CBS Sports. Keatts, according to the report, is the Wolfpack’s top target. His UNC-Wilmington team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Virginia on Thursday.

Keatts, who just completed his third season as head coach at Wilmington, led the Seahawks to two consecutive NCAA appearances and has a 72-28 overall record as their head coach. The former Louisville assistant quickly turned UNCW into one of the elite programs in the CAA, and while his lack of head coaching experience will be concerning for some, the speed with which he turned around that program is impressive.

If you would like a more in-depth look at Keatts and his coaching history, click this link to read our profile of him from last month.

If news of this meeting is going public now, I would have to think that indicates that State and Keatts are close to a deal. If so, Debbie Yow likely picked Keatts over VCU’s Will Wade.