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Cal State Northridge introduces Mark Gottfried as new men's basketball coach

Cal State Northridge introduces Mark Gottfried as new men's basketball coach

Standing at a podium on the basketball court with a giant “Welcome to the Matadome” sign as the backdrop, Mark Gottfried was introduced as Cal State Northridge’s coach on Tuesday.

The last time he was recruiting L.A. it was 1995, when UCLA won the national championship and he was an assistant. He went on to become head coach at Murray State, Alabama and North Carolina State.

He said when he first arrived from the Midwest in 1988, at 23, to be a graduate assistant at UCLA under coach Jim Harrick, “I didn’t know a human being in this town.” He also didn’t know about the 405 or 101 freeways and took turns living in West L.A., Calabasas and...

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