Bzdelik decides to coach Buffaloes

The University of Colorado finally has there man and will introduce Jeff Bzdelik as the next Head Basketball Coach.

University of Colorado officials have called a 10:30am newsconference on wednesday in Boulder.

Bzdelik, whose name has been linked to the Buffaloes job from the moment Patton announced his resignation, effective at season's end, on Oct. 25, toured the CU campus on Monday and met with Bohn, Chancellor Bud Peterson, football coach Dan Hawkins and members of the basketball coach search committee.

He also met with some of the basketball team's returning players, a sign some of them took to mean he'll soon be hired.
Tom McGrath, CU's assistant to the athletic director, issued a statement saying "the process went well and we hope to have an announcement soon."

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that some big boosters received voice mail messages from the school Monday night inviting them to a gathering Tuesday night where they could meet the new basketball coach. The voice mails did not identify who the coach would be.

David Plati, Colorado's sports information director, said there was an e-mail that went out to private donors discussing the possibility of a get-together should a new coach be in place but that he had just spoken with his athletic director Tuesday afternoon and "as of now, we don't have a new coach."

If Bzdelik takes the Colorado job, Air Force would find itself searching for a coach for the third time in four years.

Bzdelik presumably would be offered about $800,000 a year over five years. His salary at Air Force was $315,000 and his total compensation was about $450,000. Patton earned $750,000 last season, his 11th at the school.

Bzdelik led Air Force to the NIT semifinals last week, losing to Clemson to finish 26-9. The 26 wins were a school record. The Falcons went 24-7 in his first season at Air Force, the best mark in the 50-year history of the program. They lost to Illinois in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Before Air Force, Bzdelik, 54, spent 21/2 seasons as coach of the Denver Nuggets after serving as an assistant at Miami and Washington and as a scout for Denver and the New York Knicks.

He and his wife have a son and daughter in high school in the Denver area, and one reason he took the Air Force job was because he wouldn't have to uproot his family.


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