WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — While the Wake Forest basketball team was busy winning its way into the next round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, another anti-Jeff Bzdelik billboard reappeared along Business 40 in Winston-Salem.
The group that funded earlier initiatives calling for the firing of Bzdelik as Wake Forest’s basketball coach is giving it another shot.
Two new messages began rotating on a digital billboard near Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Wednesday morning.
The messages — directed at Ron Wellman, Wake Forest’s athletics director — went into rotation about an hour before Wake Forest played Notre Dame in the opening round and will run until next Wednesday.
One of the messages reads: “Any day now Wellman … Fire Jeff Bzdelik. #BuzzOut #WellmanOut.” The other reads: “We’re Waiting … Fire Jeff Bzdelik. #BuzzOut #WellmanOut.”
The billboards are under the direction of Ryan Stratton and his brother, Brian. They are part of the group responsible for the marketing campaign, which is paid for through social-media and word-of-mouth fundraising. Neither of the Strattons attended Wake Forest, but their late father, Roger, was a Wake Forest graduate who took them to games when they were growing up.
“His record speaks for itself,” Ryan Stratton said. “He was a poor hire and did a poor job at Wake. This is the worst stretch of Wake basketball in 20 years.”