WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The losses mounted for Jeff Bzdelik, and so did the public criticism of the Wake Forest men’s basketball coach.
The school announced his resignation Thursday after four mostly disappointing seasons.
He went 51-76 at Wake Forest with a 17-51 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The Demon Deacons were 17-16 this year — their first winning season under him — but that wasn’t enough to satisfy an increasingly splintered fan base.
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Some fans mounted a yearlong viral campaign for his job, taking out newspaper advertisements and purchasing space on billboards calling for his ouster.
Bzdelik, 61, did not return messages left by AP, but he said in a statement issued by the school that he resigned because “there needs to be a positive environment for the players to realize their potential.”
By Thursday afternoon, the trees in the campus quad had been “rolled” with toilet paper — just as they are after a big win.
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He previously was a head coach at Portland State and Wyoming. He went 35-47 at Portland State from 2002-05 and 49-68 at Wyoming from 2007-11.