N.C. State is coming and Marco Harris is climbing.
Tennessee men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed to the News Sentinel on Friday afternoon that a home game against N.C. State has been added to the Vols’ 2013-14 non-conference schedule and Harris will be promoted to the program’s director of basketball operations position.
“It’s a good fit,” Martin said of Harris, who served as UT’s student-athlete welfare coordinator the past two seasons. “Marco will be locked in on the operations and administrative side.”
Harris replaces former director of operations Houston Fancher, who accepted an assistant coaching position at UNC-Wilmington in late April.
N.C. State joins a 2013-14 UT home slate that includes a visit from Virginia, another ACC school. Martin said he and N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried have agreed to a two-year, home-and-home contract.
The Wolfpack finished 24-11 last season and earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament, losing to ninth-seeded Temple in the opening game. Gottfried lost his top player, C.J. Leslie, who left this offseason to go pro, but welcomes the No. 17 recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports.
The Vols’ road schedule includes games at Xavier, Wichita State and the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Martin said he’s still looking to finalize agreements on “two or three” more non-conference games.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn