N.C. State basketball officially wrapped up its coaching search today. At a 5 o’clock presser, former Murray State and Alabama coach Mark Gottfried was announced as the new leader — and hopeful redeemer — of a Wolfpack basketball program that has fallen on hard times of late.
Despite how impressive Gottfried’s comments, moxie, and general overall ambition were, the presser’s most memorable soundbite probably came from N.C. State Athletic Director Debbie Yow. Yow’s tumultuous relationship with Maryland Terrapins basketball coach Gary Williams is no secret — the two had some fairly public clashes while Yow was Maryland’s AD, and today proved there is no cease fire in place…
Given the previous rumors about Williams’ efforts to derail the N.C. State coaching search, I suppose it was inevitable that a reporter or two would at least allude to Yow’s alleged, Gary Williams-sourced reputation for being “difficult to work with.” Well, allude they did, but I’m not sure anyone expected this broadside from Yow:
Audio Clip Below
I don’t have a reputation across all men’s basketball as being difficult to work with, I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams — who has tried to sabotage the search. C’mon! We all know that, okay? So, whatever.
Um, it’s not a reputation, it’s Gary Williams, out there, doing his thing. Whatever.
Whatever, indeed, Ms. Yow! As for Gary Williams “doin’ his thing,” perhaps Debbie had something like this in mind?
Your move, Gary…
Thanks to @JoeOvies for the MP3