A Call to Action

The Wake Forest men's basketball team has (probably) four games left in this season spanning a three week period. The schedule:

2/25: BC

2/28: Duke

3/3: @GT

3/8: ACC Tournament First Round Game (currently projected as the 10 seed with a 1-2 finish to the regular season).

Now, it seems to me that in the past couple of weeks - and not wholly without reason - the commentary on the team has devolved into a condemnation of the coaching staff, particularly Bzdelik. I myself have been guilty of this as well - it's fun to speculate on changes to be made when things are going poorly.

However, it seems that this has become the only commentary here. So instead, what I propose is this: a three week moratorium on discussions of Jeff Bzdelik's coaching, Jeff Bzdelik's future, Jeff Bzdelik's hair (toupee? combover? how is that consistently immaculate?), Jeff Bzdelik's wardrobe selection (this one's on me), Jeff Bzdelik's press conferences, Jeff Bzdelik's radio show, Jeff Bzdelik's choice of milk (skim? soy?), Jeff Bzdelik's relationship to Ron Wellman, and Jeff Bzdelik's choice in literature (I bet his favorite book is Atlas Shrugged, or possibly Moby Dick).

There will be plenty of time after the season to speculate on any decision made by Bzdelik or Wellman. But for the time being, it's pretty clear that both parties are committed to playing out the string with what we have. So instead of focusing on the coach, I propose we focus on exactly that: what we have.

We have two all-ACC caliber players. We have two centers who have both made significant strides to become serviceable ACC big men; both are excellent shot-blockers and otherwise plus defenders. We have someone billed as a shooter who has shown flashes of offensive brilliance handling the ball. We have a psychotically competitive point guard who won't back down from anyone. Why not focus on these things and figure out how we can best improve from a player standpoint for next season and beyond?

This is not an official BSD position. This is me wanting to foster dialogue that doesn't inevitably degenerate into a lynch mob.

Make no mistake, Wake basketball will return to a position as one of the premier basketball schools in the ACC. We may lack the history of our North Carolina brethren, but we care just as much, if not more. It may be a long and arduous process, but that will make the return to glory that much sweeter.

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