Update 4/12/16, 6:00pm
It looks like Star News Online may have jumped the gun on this one:
NC State announces Bobby Lutz has been named "Special Assistant to Deputy Athletic Director." pic.twitter.com/WzRZFzZj0s— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) April 12, 2016
Here's Kelly Quinlan on what happened:
Pastner wanted him on Memphis bench not GT https://t.co/x3OJFQuqbx— Kelly Quinlan (@Kelly_Quinlan) April 12, 2016
Basically, it sounds to me like someone got a little mixed up here. Either Lutz was mistaken on what he had been offered, or the "sources" referenced were mixed up on what they had been told. It's also entirely possible that there was simply bad info being passed along, or that there's something else going on behind-the-scenes here. Who knows.
What we do know is that Josh Pastner's staff is still completely open, and that we have not been given a timeline for when we should expect for it to be filled.
Update 4/12/16, 2:30pm
Seems like this might be a little less final than we were led to believe:
Heard not a done deal and lots of confusion regarding Bobby Lutz joining Josh Pastner's staff at #GaTech— Kelly Quinlan (@Kelly_Quinlan) April 12, 2016
Wilmington, NC-based Star News Online reported today that Bobby Lutz, associate head coach at N.C. State for the past four seasons, will be leaving the Wolfpack to join Josh Pastner's staff at Georgia Tech. If true, it would make Lutz the first assistant hired by Pastner for his initial staff on the Flats.
The 58-year-old Lutz has spent the last five seasons in Raleigh as an assistant to Mark Gottfried, and as his top assistant for the last four. Lutz would bring over 20 years of head coaching experience to the staff, after largely successful tenures with both Pfeiffer (NAIA) and Charlotte. In 11 years at Charlotte in particular, Lutz's teams went 218-158 (111-81) and made 5 NCAA Tournament appearances with 3 more NIT appearances. Lutz has also spent time as an assistant at Clemson and Iowa State, in addition to his assistant tenures with both Charlotte and NC State.
The hire would appear to be a good start for Pastner. In theory, Lutz would be able to mentor the younger head coach and advise him on program operations at the very least, having run relatively successful programs himself in the past, and having been a part of several other successful programs.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more about the validity of this report.