NC State juggles roster, coaching roles in bumpy offseason

Mark Gottfried
FILE - In this March 27, 2015, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried reacts during the second half of his team's regional semifinal against Louisville in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. North Carolina State's offseason has been a bit bumpier than expected, including the unexpected transfer of all-ACC guard Trevor Lacey, the transfer of Kyle Washington and health concerns for assistant coach Rob Moxley. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State headed into an offseason full of optimism. Things have been a bit bumpier than expected for coach Mark Gottfried.

There was the unexpected departure of all-conference guard Trevor Lacey for the NBA draft and the transfer of forward Kyle Washington to leave behind a roster of just eight scholarship players. And assistant coach Rob Moxley is on medical leave after being hospitalized for several days in May.

Gottfried says director of basketball operations Jeff Dunlap has taken over Moxley’s recruiting duties while he’s out on medical leave. He says he hopes to know more about Moxley’s status in 60 to 90 days.

N.C. State is coming off a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and a second appearance in the Sweet 16 during that span.

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