Mark Gottfried expected to spend Saturday in Ohio preparing to face top-seeded Indiana in the NCAA tournament, instead he was back in Raleigh at a high school gym watching his son play basketball.
After Fridays 76-72 loss to Temple, Gottfried got an early start in preparing for his third season at N.C. State, which could potentially be vastly different from the first two.
Forty-eight hours after the Wolfpacks disappointing end to an unfulfilling season, its still unclear what N.C. State will look like in 2014.
Seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood played in their final game against Temple. They will be gone and guard Anthony Barber, forward Kyle Washington and forward BeeJay Anya will be freshmen. Guard Ralston Turner, a transfer from LSU, will be eligible after sitting out this season.
Beyond that, there are a lot of moving parts to be settled. Juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown have to decide if they want to come back or jump to the NBA.
Freshman forward T.J. Warren, who is expected to return for his sophomore season and be the focus of the offense, will also have to make a decision about the NBA.
Freshman guards Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis, who finished the season with undefined roles, will have to make a decision about their future and where they fit in Gottfrieds plans.
What the roster will ultimately look like for Gottfried, who is 48-21 in two seasons, wont be clear for another few weeks. The initial deadline to declare for the NBA draft is April 16, according to the NCAA, but April 28, according to the NBA.
N.C. State also has at least three open scholarships to add more players in the class of 2013. Desmond Lee, a 6-3 junior college guard, and Lennard Freeman, a 6-8 forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, are two targets.
What Gottfried wants for his next team, and what he expressed after Fridays loss, is better defensive intensity and more maturity and selflessness.
Gottfried spoke at length in Fridays post-game press conference about the problems that this team faced and he said immaturity and getting the team to "buy in all the way" were the biggest problems.
"That was a hard thing for us to overcome, basically, all year long," Gottfried said, in reference to the teams immaturity.
Gottfried said he expected the young players next season to build "character every day" and do the "right things every day."
Without singling out any players, Gottfried said there were times when players, whom he characterized as both young and old, put individual success before the teams greater good.
"(Put) the team first and then personal success and glory comes later," Gottfried said. "It always does, but you have to trust that."
The discipline and motivation of the team, two major parts of Gottfrieds job description, were questioned by players after the game.
"We just werent motivated," Leslie said in the locker room, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Purvis said he thought Temple wanted the game more than N.C. State.
"You could tell by the way they came out and the way we came out," Purvis said.
Lewis said discipline, specifically in practice, was an issue, according to Fox Sports.
"Whenever we had discipline, we were probably the best team in the country," Lewis said.
These are all issues Gottfried will have to address and fix before next season. He took responsibility for the problems this season and the disappointment to Fridays ending.
"You can put it all on me," Gottfried said.
He lamented the expectations picked to win the ACC and No. 6 in the country after a Sweet 16 run in 2012, but he also understands there was an opportunity missed this season.
"I think at the end of the day, you had a team that had a good year but didnt have a great year," Gottfried said. "It was good but not where I wanted it to be."
Jonathan Jones contributed to this report.