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NC State’s Kevin Keatts: From Hot Seat to Overflowing Pockets

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NC State Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts was on the hot seat heading into the ACC Tournament, with his team ranked 10th in the ACC, and an overall record of 17-14.

After winning 5 games in 5 days in the ACC Tournament to win the Wolfpack’s first championship since 1987, and 4 straight games in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1983, his seat is cold as ice.

As a result of winning the ACC Tournament, a 2-year extension was triggered, extending his contract through 2030, and his annual compensation was increased by $400,000. He also received a $100,000 bonus for winning the ACC Tournament.

For advancing to the Final Four, Keatts received a bonus of $200,000, and an additional $100,000 increase to his annual salary. (Reaching the Final Four has the ability to trigger a 2-year contract extension, but the contract can only be extended by 2 years in a single season.)

After finishing 10th in the Final AP Poll yesterday, Keatts received a final bonus of $100,000.

In total, Keatts received $400,000 in one-time bonuses for the Wolfpack’s miracle run through March, a 2-year contract extension through 2030, and $500,000 added to his annual salary (from $2.7 million to $3.2 million).

(WRAL)

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
1 month ago

Don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes. You may have gotten a reprieve but don’t sit on your laurels. Go get some good or great transfers to finally elevate NC State basketball program to the next level. I’m tired of being on the bubble every year.

WolfPackJames
WolfPackJames
1 month ago

Very well earned. Congrats coach and thank you for the most fun NC State run in my lifetime.

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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