Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:59 am
Edited on: April 12, 2010 2:12 am
Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik acknowledged to his team that he will meet with Wake Forest officials Monday but denied multiple reports -- including one from CBSSports.com -- that he has already accepted the ACC vacancy, saying he hasn't even been offered the job.
Still, sources insisted Sunday that the Monday meeting is nothing more than a formality, and that a deal with Bzdelik was basically done Friday afternoon. Barring a major change of plans -- like athletics director Ron Wellman caving under pressure from fans who have publicly criticized the decision -- the sources said Bzdelik will be introduced as Dino Gaudio's replacement later this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. Bzdelik claiming he hasn't even been offered the job is "semantics," a source told CBSSports.com.
Bzdelik is 36-58 in three seasons at Colorado.
Before that, he won 24 and 26 games in consecutive seasons at Air Force.
Before that, he was the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
He was 73-119 in the NBA.
Posted on: April 11, 2010 12:31 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 12:37 pm
Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik, as expected, will be named the next head coach at Wake Forest, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Sunday.
CBSSports.com reported Friday that a deal between Bzdelik and Wake Forest was "all but done."
A formal press conference could come as early as Monday.
Bzdelik won 24 and 26 games in two years at Air Force before taking the Colorado in 2007. He's had three consecutive losing seasons in the Big 12. But that's something Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman was willing to overlook in hiring the former NBA coach to replace Dino Gaudio, Skip Prosser's former assistant who was fired last week after consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Colorado assistant Steve McClain is an obvious candidate to replace Bzdelik.
McClain is a former head coach at Wyoming.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 8:52 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:39 am
Wake Forest is nearing a deal that could make Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik the Demon Deacons' next men's basketball coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Friday.
One source described the situation as "all but done."
Another said "it's close but not quite there yet."
Bzdelik is a former NBA coach who has been at Colorado the past three seasons.
Posted on: July 17, 2009 1:13 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2009 1:19 pm
The word out of Colorado is that Jeff Bzdelik is "committed" to being the coach of the Buffaloes regardless of what a "casual conversation" about the Minnesota Timberwolves' vacancy with general manager David Kahn might suggest.
It's silly, of course.
But that is indeed the word.
And I wish just once a coach would be completely honest and say, "Look, I like my job fine. My family loves it here. But you must understand that this is a bottom-tier Big 12 job, and there's no way I'm ever challenging Bill Self or Rick Barnes or Jeff Capel. It's just not happening. So if an NBA franchise is interested in me for more money, I'd be stupid not to listen. And that's why I talked to Minnesota, because if I could land that job it really would be nice to get back to the NBA and stop busting my ass trying to recruit the type of prospects it takes to win in the Big 12, because it's impossible to get those prospects at Colorado. I'm trying, and I'll keep trying as long as I'm here. But is the NBA an appealing alternative? Of course it is. And that's why I spoke with David Kahn. If he calls me back I'll talk again. But for now, I'm the head coach at Colorado, and I'm going to work as hard as I can for this school until that changes."
Obviously, I know those words will never be spoken.
But I can dream, can't I?