Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried is the new men’s basketball coach at North Carolina State. In a statement from the school, 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 Gottfried, 47, a former assistant coach at UCLA, will receive a five-year deal with a guarantee of $1.2 million annually.
Scott Duncan, a UCLA assistant coach for the last four years under Ben Howland, has joined longtime friend Larry Shyatt’s staff at Wyoming as associate head coach.
Duncan coached under Shyatt previously at Wyoming and Clemson. Duncan, 55, had been the Bruins’ point man on recruiting since the departure of Kerry Keating in 2007, helping to secure recruiting classes ranked in the top 15 nationally the last two years.
Duncan is the second UCLA assistant to leave in the last 13 months. Donny Daniels departed for Gonzaga last year.
— Ben Bolch
Missouri announced that has hired Frank Haith as its head basketball coach. He arrives after seven years as head coach at Miami.
Lamar hired former Texas Tech coach Pat Knight, giving the son of Bob Knight another Division I chance after three disappointing seasons with the Red Raiders.
Fiesta Bowl to talk to NCAA
Fiesta Bowl officials will meet later this month with the NCAA subcommittee in charge of licensing bowl games. Fiesta Bowl spokesman Andrew Bagnato confirmed the April 28 meeting in New Orleans, which will coincide with the Bowl Championship Series meetings.
Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of baseball and football, told the Arizona Republic that the Fiesta Bowl had been invited to meet with the 11-member group. He told the newspaper the Fiesta could potentially have its four-year license revoked, though in the past licenses had only been revoked because of financial or attendance problems. The meeting is in response to a report commissioned by the Arizona-based game that led to the firing of its longtime president for alleged misuse of funds.
The New York Rangers’ playoff drive took a major hit with the loss of winger Ryan Callahan, who is out indefinitely because of a broken right leg.
One day after their most thrilling win of the season, the Rangers said Callahan will be sidelined by the injury that occurred with 1:45 left in New York’s 5-3 comeback victory over Boston. He got hurt while blocking a shot by Zdeno Chara.
Ivo Karlovic beat Benjamin Becker, 7-5 (5), 6-4, in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship at Houston. American James Blake defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4.… Sabine Lisicki beat Renata Voracova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in her first match at the Family Circle Cup since she won the Charleston, S.C., tournament two years ago. No. 5-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel beat Sofia Arvidsson, 6-1, 6-3, and No. 6 Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, No. 9 seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia, 10th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and No. 11 Peng Shuai of China also advanced.