Wake Forest has targeted Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik to replace Dino Gaudio.
Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman is en route to Colorado to meet with Bzdelik, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Fox Sports is reporting that a deal is done, but that has been denied by both Wellman and Bzdelik.
If Bzdelik is the Demon Deacons' next coach, he doesn't have a winning track record in the postseason. In five seasons at Air Force and Colorado, Bzdelik went 4-7 in the postseason, including 1-5 in conference tournaments. In two seasons at Air Force, 2005 to 2007, Bzdelik went 0-1 in the NCAA tournament and 3-1 in the NIT.
Wellman fired Gaudio, who won 66 percent of his games in three seasons, on Wednesday for a 1-5 postseason record and the team's poor record in February and March.
Bzdelik's teams at Colorado, a rebuilding job in the Big 12, weren't good in any month. He went 36-58 in three seasons — compared to a 61-31 mark for Gaudio in the same time span — and 10-38 in the Big 12.
Bzdelik, a longtime NBA assistant, has had a losing record in five of
his seven college seasons, including all three at Colorado.
Bzdelik, 57, was an NBA head coach for three years in the early 2000s, leading the Nuggets to the playoffs in 2004 (a first-round loss) before getting fired 28 games into the 2005 season.
He was successful in a brief stint at Air Force, going 50-16 in two seasons but his second team had some of the same problems as Gaudio's teams at Wake. After a 23-4 start, Air Force finished the 2006-07 season with five losses in its final eight games, including a first-round exit in the Mountain West Conference tournament.
Bzdelik does have a connection to both the state of North Carolina and Wellman. Bzdelik's first coaching job was with Davidson in 1978 and he later was an assistant at Northwestern in the early 1980s, where Wellman was the baseball coach.
If Wellman wants to replace the basketball coach, that's certainly his prerogative, as is his right to hire someone he knows, but given the parameters of Gaudio's firing, this potential move doesn't make any sense.-- J.P. Giglio