On turmoil, rumors and coaching buzz 

April, 12, 2010
It might be the offseason, but that doesn't mean the news cycle and the rumor mill have stopped churning in the college basketball world. Here's my take on all the latest happenings ...

• Not sure what exactly Wake Forest is planning on getting out of Jeff Bzdelik. "Buzz" is a very sound basketball coach, but Wake will be in for some tough sledding if he does not get a big-time recruiting-oriented staff. Remember, though Bzdelik was a winner at Air Force, it was only after the table was set by Joe Scott and Chris Mooney. Whereas at Colorado, where the cupboard was bare, the Buffs did nothing much of note, though they were well-coached. Bzdelik and Wake AD Ron Wellman have been friends for 20 years. So this seems to me like a guy firing a coach who he thought was in a little over his head, for a friend who he respects but might not have fully researched. Many in Boulder thought Bzdelik would take an NBA assistant job this summer because he was never really into recruiting. Does that sound like the perfect fit for the dog-eat-dog world of ACC basketball?

• While new St. John's coach Steve Lavin has stated that he wanted to have mentor Gene Keady on his bench this season, do not be surprised if there is a different big name former coach on his staff instead. Strong rumors out of Southern California have Jim Harrick, whose firing led to Lavin getting the job at UCLA, joining Lav in some capacity in Queens. Like Keady, Harrick recently lost his wife to a lengthy illness. But unlike Keady, he has been actively involved in AAU basketball the past five or so years.