Anti-Jeff Bzdelik billboards return to Winston-Salem

Motorists traveling eastbound on Business 40 through Winston-Salem, NC, saw this electronic billboard urging Wake Forest University athletic director Ron Wellman to fire men's basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik, Wednesday, Mar., 12, 2014, just as the ACC Tournament was getting under way in nearby Greensboro. (David Rolfe/Journal)

Motorists traveling eastbound on Business 40 through Winston-Salem, NC, saw this electronic billboard urging Wake Forest University athletic director Ron Wellman to fire men's basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik, Wednesday, Mar., 12, 2014, just as the ACC Tournament was getting under way in nearby Greensboro. (David Rolfe/Journal)

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.”