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RE: Wake Forest's Search for a New Basketball Coach
If Wellman refuses to fire Bzdelik... get an AD who will!
03-06-2014 06:31 AM
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RE: Wake Forest's Search for a New Basketball Coach
Wake Forest needs to be good in basketball again, a few years ago this state was rocking Wake was #1 and The state of North Carolina had top 10 battles between Duke Wake and UNC in 2009 it was fun
03-06-2014 12:28 PM
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RE: Wake Forest's Search for a New Basketball Coach
There is a strong a rumor circulating that Wellman has already contacted Ben Howland and has an understanding with him. Wellman wants Howland to keep the current assistants though.

I would prefer at least making a pitch to Marshall and Shaka first, but all in all that would be about the strongest hire we could make given our candidate list.
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RE: Wake Forest's Search for a New Basketball Coach
(03-06-2014 07:25 PM)WakeForestRanger Wrote:  There is a strong a rumor circulating that Wellman has already contacted Ben Howland and has an understanding with him. Wellman wants Howland to keep the current assistants though.

I would prefer at least making a pitch to Marshall and Shaka first, but all in all that would be about the strongest hire we could make given our candidate list.

Who tells a new head coach to keep someone else's assistants on? That's a deal breaker for most candidates.

Howland would be an excellent get. I'd take him over Smart, to be honest.
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RE: Wake Forest's Search for a New Basketball Coach
It wouldn't be the first time Wake has "requested" the assistants to be kept on since we just did that in the last search. That doesn't make the rumor true however. I would take most of the rumors from our boosters about hires with a grain of salt at this stage.
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Ben Howland seems like a good coach. He's turned around every place he's been, and took UCLA to the Final Four a few times, IIRC. Not sure why they fired him last year, though.
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(03-07-2014 10:24 AM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Ben Howland seems like a good coach. He's turned around every place he's been, and took UCLA to the Final Four a few times, IIRC. Not sure why they fired him last year, though.

UCLA isn't satisfied with Final Fours. UCLA fancies itself a Duke, UNC and Kentucky. His style wasn't showtime enough for LA either. After the Final Fours, that program went on a slow decline and negativity built in the media. He had issues with a lot of players leaving early and there was no patience for the inevitable down years.
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RE: Wake Forest's Search for a New Basketball Coach
The sole ACC school that’s shown interest in taking on Wichita State, according to Marshall, is Wake Forest. “To be honest with you, we don’t think they’re good enough,” he said. “They don’t help our schedule.”

Of course the Deacons may be under new bench management next season. Marshall’s name has surfaced as a possible replacement for Jeff Bzdelik, who’s in the process of posting his fourth underwhelming record in four years at Winston-Salem. (Marshall also reportedly was considered for the N.C. State job in 2011.) But the 51-year-old South Carolina native, who spent nine seasons at Winthrop before moving to Kansas in 2007-08, said he’s not particularly interested in coaching at Wake should the opportunity arise.

“They would have to have a Brinks truck” full of money, said Marshall, who earns about $2 million annually. “I’ve got a pretty good situation here. We can win. We sell out every game. They really like me here.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/06/3...rylink=cpy
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That quote from Marshall is pretty interesting especially if you hate typical coach speak answers.

A pessimist will focus on him saying we suck and he doesn't have much interest in coaching us.

An optimist would point out he just dared Wake to offer him a boatload of cash. That's something we all already knew would be a requirement.
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(03-07-2014 01:31 PM)WakeForestRanger Wrote:  That quote from Marshall is pretty interesting especially if you hate typical coach speak answers.

A pessimist will focus on him saying we suck and he doesn't have much interest in coaching us.

An optimist would point out he just dared Wake to offer him a boatload of cash. That's something we all already knew would be a requirement.

I give him credit for at least admitting that he can be lured by money.

Seriously, though, the P5 conferences are going to pull even farther away from the mid-majors in revenue in the near future and this is going to be a serious problem for those types of schools....the WSUs, Butlers, VCU's, etc.
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