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Wake's Losing the Respect of Our Peers


I didn't know where else to put this, so I'll just link it and quote it:

Carolina March: Wake Forest, Trying Desperately to Regress to the Mean

Also thanks to Quzybuk for the analysis in the previous two fanposts. As you can tell from its brevity, this FanPost is only meant to be observational, not analytical.

It may be a little early, but I can't shake the feeling that Jeff Bzdelik is the worst ACC coaching hire of the 2000's. Wake gave up on Dino Gaudio pretty early, firing him after a 20-11 season from a team that was bounced in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Almost all of the starters left with Gaudio, so it wasn't too much of a surprise that the Demon Deacons struggled last season, but a 1-15 conference record and 8-24 mark overall was shockingly bad. This was the worst team in a major conference last season. Can Bzdelik really rebuild it?

Well, he already as double the conference wins of last season, inexplicably beating Virginia Tech at home and handily defeating Boston College on the road. They've also lost by 36 to N.C. State, and 28 to also-bad Arizona State. If this team is succeeding more this year, it's a 50-50 split between their improvement and the rest of the conference getting worse.

Wake, like most bad teams, can't really impose their will on the tempo of a team, but given the choice they lean towards running the ball, unlike Bzdelik's Air Force teams. This, of course, plays nicely into UNC's hands. Wake has indeed improved, especially when it comes to turning the ball over, so this might not be as easy a game as last season's. It shouldn't be hard though, and Wake fans are left to ask themselves exactly what sort of future this team has.

As everyone knows we went on to lose again, at home, in what's become consistently uninspired fashion.

It's already known that the vast majority of people don't believe that Bzdelik is capable of coaching at this level, so this isn't meant to be a meaningless pile-on. I just think it's really bad when one of our worthiest opponents genuinely suspects that the coach we have is in all likelihood the "worst ACC coaching hire of the 2000s." I mean ouch.

While we wait for what I suspect (hope?) will be his inevitable release at some point in the near future, as RAJ stated earlier, at least we can look forward to handing Duke inevitable beatdowns in football.

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