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N.C. State may face challenge replacing Mark Gottfried as head coach

When conference play began in January, the agents, search firms and athletic directors in the college sports industry projected a quiet year for college basketball coaching turnover. There were a few potential openings, but not enough to consider this an unusually volatile year.

In the past six weeks, that notion has changed radically. And with N.C. State firing Mark Gottfried on Thursday afternoon—a job few expected would open this fall—the speculation of an active job market met the reality of what promises to be a chaotic next six weeks of firings, hiring and the endless drama that accompanies job turnover.