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Bad times continue at Wake Forest for my good friend Buzzy (also known as Jeff Bzdelik)

Published: January 19, 2012, 1:12 pm, by David Ramsey

We all know about life’s great mysteries. Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Why is Madonna so popular? Why did Brad Pitt dump Jennifer Aniston? (She seems nice enough.) Why does Robert DeNiro, one of the great talents of our age, star in so many ridiculously bad movies?

And, maybe the biggest of all:

Why did Wake Forest hire Jeff Bzdelik as basketball coach? Bzdelik is, of course, the former coach at Air Force.

In his final two seasons as Wake coach, Dino Gaudio led the Demon Deacons to 44 wins, including 20 in the  ultra-tough Atlantic Coast Conference. For his efforts, he was fired.

And Bzdelik was hired.

Last season, under Bzdelik’s confused direction, the Deacons finished 8-24, lost 15 of 16 ACC games and ended the campaign with 10 straight defeats, all by more than 10 points.

This season, the agony continues.

Wake Forest lost to North Carolina State, 76-40, on Saturday night. The Deacons scored 17 points in the first half against a team that had been giving up an average of 70 points per game in ACC play.

I know Bzdelik won 50 games in two seasons at Air Force. I also know he inherited a team fully prepared to win 50 games in two seasons. And I know he abandoned the Falcons the first chance he got.

The fun should continue for Bzdelik tonight. His Demon Deacons tangle with Duke.  Should be one awful night of basketball.

Will Buzzy ever find success at Wake Forest?


Your thoughts? Would love to hear your predictions for Buzzy’s future at Wake.