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Bzdelik Statement Draws Ire of Wake Fans

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:20pm
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Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik hasn’t been popular among fans recently, primarily for his lack of success as the Demon Deacons head coach for the past four years. Monday night on his radio show, he did something else that has the Wake Forest faithful up in arms.

While doing a segment on the upcoming ACC Tournament, Bzdelik said, “They (Wake Forest) didn’t have much success before I came here.”

The comment drew the ire of the fanbase because Bzdelik is yet to lift Wake Forest to the highs it has experienced throughout the program’s history. To them, it was an attempt by Bzdelik to throw previous coaches under the bus and make excuses for his own shortcomings.

It’s also inherently untrue.

Former coach Dino Gaudio took the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in his final two years, including leading Wake Forest to a 24-7 record in his second-to-last year. Before him, Skip Prosser routinely had the Demon Deacons in the top five in the nation. Dave Odom had several 20-win seasons and NCAA runs during the 1990s.

Bzdelik, on the other hand, is 50-75 (17-51 ACC) in his four years at the helm. He’s never led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament.