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Re: New Wake Forest basketball coach?

Posted: 3/24/2014 12:45 PM

Re: New Wake Forest basketball coach? 


I wondered the same thing about Gaudio. He came in under less than ideal circumstances and did a pretty fair job. There never seemed to be any off the field issues with either he or his players. The AD angle seems to make the most sense.

I'm just curious why Gaudio's never gotten another opportunity.

I thought Bzdelik was going to be a good hire. He was the coach at Colorado while my oldest son was in school there. He was more than decent there. 

It seems as if he never got the buy-in from the players. That might also point back to the AD and his singular decision.
vandyambush wrote: Dino Gaudio, Wake's previous coach was actually pretty decent, but they let him go and replaced him with this last guy, who was horrible.

I keep scratching my head about that decision. Why replace a somewhat successful coach with an obviously mediocre to bad coach? My Wake friends tell me that "Buzz" was buddies with their AD, Wellman, and that's how the horrible hire came about.

Wake was coming off of some good years and good recruiting classes, you would think they could have hired a quality coach in that situation.

This should be a cautionary tale for the "Fire Stallings!" crowd.
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Posted: 3/24/2014 3:48 PM

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DeefromAtlanta wrote:

I thought Bzdelik was going to be a good hire. He was the coach at Colorado while my oldest son was in school there. He was more than decent there. 

It seems as if he never got the buy-in from the players. That might also point back to the AD and his singular decision.
I know nothing about Colorado basketball, but, if I recall correctly, Bzdelik never had a winning season there.  He was replaced by the former Northern Colorado coach who has won 20+ games each year, and taken them to three straight NCAA tournaments.  With that in mind, I'm curious why you say he was "more than decent" at Colorado.  From an outsider's perspective, it would appear that he was not very successful there. 

I too don't understand the Gaudio thing either, except that he brought in some very highly rated classes that didn't meet expectations.  That being said, I think any school is crazy to fire a coach after two straight NCAA tournament appearances.  I feel bad for the guy...Wake was clearly a home for him, and he was very close to Prosser; it seemed like the right guy for the right place at the right time.  Then the AD threw it away.
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Posted: 3/24/2014 4:02 PM

Re: New Wake Forest basketball coach? 


Bzdelik had a number of things going against him:

* He was 36-58 in 3 years at Colorado before going to Wake.  (Can you imagine this board's reaction if we'd hired someone with that record?)  He'd been briefly successful at Air Force (2 seasons) and was considered a decent technician (he'd had a brief cup of coffee with the Nuggets during his tour of the Colorado Front Range, too), but nothing during his stay in Boulder would have led anyone to think he was the second coming of Dean Smith, except that...

* He's best friends with Ron Wellman, the Wake AD.

* Wake's overall athletics program, after several years of success, has cratered in recent years, which reflects poorly on Wellman.

* Bzdelik has the personality of a lukewarm oyster.

* He suffered massive attrition during his tenure in Winston-Salem.

In short, he was a disaster of a hire.

My guess is they'll go young and "energetic," as schools tend to hire the opposite of the guy they just fired.

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Posted: 3/24/2014 4:13 PM

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You're correct about his CU record, but what he took over was a bad situation when Nashville's own Ricardo Patton was fired after finishing 7-20 in his last year. (Remember the Harrison brothers?)

Bzdelik won big at Air Force before he took over at CU. And before AF, he was a Denver Nugget assistant. I watched his team a handful of games in the 09-10 year. They were highly competitive and he appeared to be a good bench coach. You thought they were getting ready to turn the corner. Recruiting was improving and they were a .500 team his 3rd year.

Boyle is a really good coach. He continued the upward trend and has recruited well. They lost their star player Dinwiddie at the beginning of the year. 
vunik wrote:
DeefromAtlanta wrote:

I thought Bzdelik was going to be a good hire. He was the coach at Colorado while my oldest son was in school there. He was more than decent there. 

It seems as if he never got the buy-in from the players. That might also point back to the AD and his singular decision.
I know nothing about Colorado basketball, but, if I recall correctly, Bzdelik never had a winning season there.  He was replaced by the former Northern Colorado coach who has won 20+ games each year, and taken them to three straight NCAA tournaments.  With that in mind, I'm curious why you say he was "more than decent" at Colorado.  From an outsider's perspective, it would appear that he was not very successful there. 

I too don't understand the Gaudio thing either, except that he brought in some very highly rated classes that didn't meet expectations.  That being said, I think any school is crazy to fire a coach after two straight NCAA tournament appearances.  I feel bad for the guy...Wake was clearly a home for him, and he was very close to Prosser; it seemed like the right guy for the right place at the right time.  Then the AD threw it away.
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Posted: 3/24/2014 5:21 PM

Re: New Wake Forest basketball coach? 


Things happen and changes are sometimes needed based on results and overall goodness of the program and fanbase
AuricGoldfinger wrote: Bzdelik had a number of things going against him:

* He was 36-58 in 3 years at Colorado before going to Wake.  (Can you imagine this board's reaction if we'd hired someone with that record?)  He'd been briefly successful at Air Force (2 seasons) and was considered a decent technician (he'd had a brief cup of coffee with the Nuggets during his tour of the Colorado Front Range, too), but nothing during his stay in Boulder would have led anyone to think he was the second coming of Dean Smith, except that...

* He's best friends with Ron Wellman, the Wake AD.

* Wake's overall athletics program, after several years of success, has cratered in recent years, which reflects poorly on Wellman.

* Bzdelik has the personality of a lukewarm oyster.

* He suffered massive attrition during his tenure in Winston-Salem.

In short, he was a disaster of a hire.

My guess is they'll go young and "energetic," as schools tend to hire the opposite of the guy they just fired.
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