By Chris Moore and Mark Carroll
Jeff Bzdelik has resigned as Wake Forest's head coach, multiple sources confirmed to David Glenn on Thursday afternoon.
Bzdelik went 51-76, and 17-51 in conference, in four seasons with the Demon Deacons. Despite beating Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State and winning an ACC Tournament game for the first time in his tenure this year, Wake Forest fans clamored for a coaching change. For the second year in a row, Demon Deacon fans bought billboards in Winston-Salem, N.C., urging the administration to fire Bzdelik.
Bzdelik had one more year remaining on his initial five-year deal, but he will not return for his final year.
It’s a move that was much-expected, though Wake Forest fans grew anxious as days went by and there was still no word about Bzdelik’s future. Athletic director Ron Wellman chaired the NCAA Selection Committee, so he’s been out of town since early last week due to obligations with that position.
Wake Forest has fallen to the bottom tier of the ACC in the last four years under Bzdelik, but the head coaching job is still one of the best in the country. There are few — if any — vacancies that will be more coveted on this spin of the carousel. Because of that, Wellman’s search will be nationwide, and there will be multiple big-name candidates whose names will be linked to the opening.