Gottfried, entire MBB staff placed on leave at Cal State Northridge

Cal State Northridge head men’s basketbal coach Mark Gottfried, and his entire basketball staff have been placed on paid leave by the school. AD Michael Izzi released the following statement:

“Upon learning of potential rules violations within our men’s basketball program, I directed an immediate review and have placed our men’s basketball coaching staff on paid administrative leave while we complete this internal review. Our focus will be on the welfare of our student-athletes and ensuring their academic, athletic and personal success. CSUN does not comment on specific employee issues and cannot elaborate further about the nature of the potential violations while the review is underway. However, CSUN is committed to ensuring full compliance with all university and NCAA regulations while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and institutional responsibility.”
Gottfried was hired at CSUN back in 2018 after a six-year run at NC State. The end of his tenure with the Wolfpack was marred with controversy, as payments to the family of former NC State standout Dennis Smith, Jr. were uncovered by federal prosecutors.

More on this story as it continues to develop.

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