Wojcik interviewing at GT? Seems not

Doug Wojcik told the Associated Press that stories that he is going to interview for Georgia Tech men’s basketball job are “hilarious.”

“It’s nice. It’s flattering,” he said. “I haven’t heard anything.”

A Georgia Tech official, reached earlier in the day, declined to comment.

Wojcik is 87-54 at Tulsa, turning them from a nine-win team into a 19-win team this season. In six seasons, he has yet to lead the Golden Hurricanes to the NCAA tournament. They have twice appeared in the NIT, reaching the second round in 2009. They won the CBI tournament in 2008.

An official in Tulsa’s athletics department said they don’t comment on the job status of their coaches, unless there’s a change.

Wojcik, 46, played point guard at Navy with David Robinson. Before taking the Tulsa job, he was an assistant coach at Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State.

He is 58-39 in Conference USA play at Tulsa. Because it is a private school, Tulsa hasn’t made Wojcik’s salary public.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich fired Paul Hewitt more than a week ago after 11 seasons as coach. Hewitt went 189-160 overall and 72-104 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets appeared in the NCAA tournament five times under Hewitt and twice played for the conference tournament championship.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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SEC where overSigning Eliminates Competition

March 23rd, 2011
3:17 pm

5150 UOAD

March 23rd, 2011
3:38 pm

WHO? WHY? No thanks. Shouldn’t even be on the radar

juvenal

March 23rd, 2011
3:41 pm

rocket

March 23rd, 2011
3:47 pm

Throughout Hewitt’s decline in coaching the team FT shooting percentage had been one of the lowest in the ACC….for many years… Correct this and more can be achived…Who can teach free throws better than anyone available? Mark Price.

rocket

March 23rd, 2011
3:48 pm

sorry, achieved…..oops!

GT65

March 23rd, 2011
3:57 pm

Thats BS….

BYRDDAWG

March 23rd, 2011
4:08 pm

Hire Mark Price & make me happy!

William Satterwhite

March 23rd, 2011
4:12 pm

Solid guy to interview while the main candidates are unavailable. I didn’t realize his record was as good as it is, four 20 win seasons in Conference USA is nothing to scoff at.

collegeballfan

March 23rd, 2011
4:12 pm

This would be a solid pick. Nice list of head coaches he has worked for, including Tom Izzo and Dean Smith. (Played at Navy with David Robinson and played against Tech in the mid 1980’s in the old Cotton States Tournament.)

Nice record at Tulsa.

This would be a solid pick.

But I would make Brad Stevens say NO before hiring anyone.

GTJACKETS

March 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

CRAIG NEAL OR MARK PRICE OR RICHMOND COACH…these are all acceptable. Tulsa…don’t make me laugh

Tech Forever

March 23rd, 2011
4:41 pm

I find this intriguing. He hasn’t done a whole lot except the last four years at Tulsa have been productive, but for Pete’s Sake look at his pedigree!!! Are you kidding me? Izzo, Heathcote, Guthridge, Dean Smith, Frank McGuire, Phog Allen, James Naismith, Don DeVoe, Knight,….wow!!

One thing that gives me pause is that given this pedigree of influence his 3 best teams at Tulsa still only ranked 66th, 63rd, and 70th in offensive and defensive efficiency by Pomeroy. All three years below Tech…..so just keep in mind how undisciplined Hewitt’s teams have been and now consider this alternative.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 23rd, 2011
4:53 pm

I use to be a big Tech basketball fan until the last several years. The reason was I got tired of watching street ball. If WE don’t HIRE MARK PRICE I will find something else to do instead of following GT basketball !!! I am tired of the one and done players !!! It takes a team to win. I think Mark Price would be a great hire. He was always a coach on the floor. He played in the NBA this guy knows basketball !!!

Tech Forever

March 23rd, 2011
4:59 pm

Just thought of something funny; Price “wining and dining” recruits. Can’t you just see the express lane from campus to the Atlanta Dairy and the closets full of Chips A ‘Hoy??

Tech Forever

March 23rd, 2011
5:00 pm

BTW, I’m not knocking the guy. I think it would be refreshing. But I don’t think he’s ready to be an ACC Head Coach…..actually I think after a season he’d be miserable.

May or May Not Know...

March 23rd, 2011
5:06 pm

It’s called misdirection and “keeping the wolves (writers) at bay”. Radakovich and GTAA NOT very happy that those “in the know” can’t keep their traps shut and continue to get on these blogs and internet messageboards and run their mouths. GT’s future coach is all but selected, save signature on the contract. Future coach (and those who follow GT boards know who) is not pleased either as heat is starting to turn up internally at the current school, and it’s becoming a distraction. Mark Price would be hired before Wojcik, and Price is a LOOOONG shot…at best…

William Satterwhite

March 23rd, 2011
5:07 pm

OldSchoolTechFanatic, would you really stop following Tech basketball if they hired an experienced and proven coach with a good resume as long as that person wasn’t Mark Price?

Tulsa Fan

March 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

For the love of god, please take him off our hands…

Bball Fan

March 23rd, 2011
5:19 pm

You guys in love with Mark Price crack me up! Do you want a COACH or a great former player? Coaching experience is critical. What Price has doesn’t compare to what’s out there.

TU Fan

March 23rd, 2011
5:35 pm

This would be a huge loss for Tulsa basketball and a great get for GA Tech!

NovaJacket

March 23rd, 2011
5:39 pm

Not happening.

Give me Price or Neal!

March 23rd, 2011
5:53 pm

Price will embody everything Georgia Tech is and should be about…toughness, character, intelligence, and winning.

This should have already been a done deal…EXCEPT, by interviewing others and coming back to Price, we will be able to say that Price outperformed all candidates during the interview process. And, he will, given the chance.

Tech Forever

March 23rd, 2011
6:27 pm

Give me Price or Neal!

Toughness, character, intelligence, I agree. Winning? How do you know? He has no track record as a college coach that would indicate he’d win 25 any more than he’d lose 25.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 23rd, 2011
7:22 pm

I am not onesided on this. I would follow Tech if they hired an experinced coach that has oustanding charcter. But if WE get another project from some little school, no, I would not follow tech anymore. Why do people hate on Mark Price cause he is a good guy. When he was at tech we always had to coaches during the game, Bobby on the sideline and Mark in the game. Price and Salley were the two players that made Tech a respectable program. If it were not for them two taking a chance on GT OUR basketball program probably never would have been where it was.

Big Dance 2nd chance

March 23rd, 2011
7:38 pm

Yahoo League name – Yellow Jackets
#11391, no pw needed.
Motto – DRAD will pick the right guy.
Dawgs can join if they can stay out of fights.
I have a temper as commish and will boot folks.
Been called a Hitler.
Want to stay, don’t push your luck.

Jackets 2011

March 23rd, 2011
7:46 pm

I don’t hate on Mark Price.
Why should anyone get a job without learning the skills necessary for it?
He’ll learn on the job?
That sure didn’t workout with ex-player Curry.
After 7 years, he left with a losing record.
One problem Curry and most young coaches have is they don’t know who to hire.
This Tulsa guy is not in the running and he was an assistant at Notre Dame, Carolina, and Mich. State.
He is working his way up, paying his dues.
Why didn’t Price try that?
He doesn’t have the resume to get the job.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 23rd, 2011
8:03 pm

I agree he will have some of a learning curb, if Mark got the job, but I am also sure he has seen everything you could throw at him. I also would think Mark is smart enough and man enough that he would say NO, if he thought he could not win. People like Mark are just born winners and bring that attitude with them every where they go.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 23rd, 2011
8:03 pm

Sorry curve i meant not curb.

Jackets 2011

March 23rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Well if he gets the job, I won’t be despondent.
The AD does not get many times to make a choice.
I’m hopeful DRAD will pick someone good and if the choice is Price or someone else, I’ll still buy season tickets again as I have the last two years in both football and basketball.

Chuck Sheen

March 23rd, 2011
8:30 pm

Doug = #notwinning

Gordon

March 23rd, 2011
8:33 pm

Hire Gregg Marshall. If you don’t believe me, look at his record over the last 13 years, and watch his team play in the NIT in New York.

Randy Carson

March 23rd, 2011
9:01 pm

Sidney Lowe failed miserably at NC State. Now his legendary relationship with his alma mater is tarnished forever…and HE won a national championship in 1983.

Right now, Mark Price is on a pedestal at Tech…if he is named the next head coach, he’ll struggle for five years (because he’s simply not prepared for the job). Then he’ll get run out of town (by people on this message board), and we’ll all have lost one of our heroes.

Some of you need a reality check. Succeeding in coaching is dicey at best…why put Price through that until he has PROVEN (somewhere else) that he is ready to take us back to the final four?

Gordon

March 23rd, 2011
9:12 pm

My top 3 choices:

1. Gregg Marshall without an automatic rollover contract.
2. Gregg Marshall with an automatic rollover contract.
3. Chris Mooney.

Chuck holmes

March 23rd, 2011
9:13 pm

Don’t underestimate this guy . I live in Tulsa and this is a solid candidate . I hate the analogy but he is a young Coach K !!!

Meek

March 23rd, 2011
9:37 pm

Great reporting AJC! You guys are great with your corrections. You guys must have some awesome sources.

Trademark

March 23rd, 2011
10:14 pm

Wojcik’s Lead Assistant, Jeremy Ballard, is from Atlanta and is well-connected to the local hoops scene. This is a big selling point for Wojcik getting the job.

Basketball Fan

March 23rd, 2011
10:21 pm

I think this would be an excellent hire for GT. Tulsa has always produced great coaches. Bill Self, Tubby Smith and Nolan Richardson were all at Tulsa before moving on to win NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS with other schools. Of all the great coaches that have been at Tulsa, Wojcik is the only coach in school history with consecutive 25-win seasons (and 4 straight 20-win seasons). Don’t write him off before doing a little research. Also, he was the guy who got Sean May, Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants to commit to UNC…I think that ended up being a pretty good group.

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 23rd, 2011
10:24 pm

I think the WSB-TV sports guy needs to stick to covering UGA stuff and not speculate on what is happening down the street at Tech. The corporate bias at WSB for dawg stuff has been around for some time, but seems to be getting worse on a daily basis these days.

P R I C E

March 23rd, 2011
10:50 pm

I want to thank the ones on here that are battling for Mark Price, so am I..Hewitt should have brought him on board and lured him away from the Atlanta Hawks, what a shame that Price was in Atlanta but for 11 years ignored by the GT basketball program. I know there were AD changes in that time but could someone not have suggested to Hewitt, hey we think it would help re energize this fan base if nothing else. Gee, an AD should step in at some point. Not giving up, Price is my first choice. I do not think Price would lose any less than the majority of these candidates.

For the life of me, why would some of you desire some of these coaches that have coached everywhere and have stayed no where that long? Tubby Smith has coach at so many places its unbelievalbe and didn’t do anything this past year at Minnesota, why would his name even be mentioned? Still got to wonder why Gregg Marshall was passed up by Clemson and SC?

What kills me is Bobby Cremins signed caliber players who came to GT and put the basketball program on the map as well as these guys were given a good education. And now some of you think these guys are not capable of running the GT bb program. I would love to see Dennis Scott on the bench as well. Go get em Jackets.

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 23rd, 2011
10:52 pm

For the record, Det. Stanley ” Wojo” Wojciehowicz (from Barney Miller’s precinct) is also not interviewing for the job. There is about an equal chance that either “Wojo” would get an interview. Sorry, Doug, but is this really news? I know DRad has everything locked down tight, but are we really to the point of reporting everyone who is not being considered? Still, I appreciate your covering the Tech beat in a Dawg town…Lord knows it ain’t easy being white and gold sometimes.

gtbuzz

March 23rd, 2011
11:30 pm

P R I C E — I agree with you completely. And Price approached our former coach several times to help with the program but was rebuked.

Also Price was offered the head coaching job when Cremins left, but Price had just retired from the pros where he had moved several times in the previous 5 years. The timing was not right for him to take on the head coaching job and he explained this to the AD at the time.

But the time is right now — both for GT and for Price. Let’s hope that DRad makes a gutsy hire. We will all be better for a Head Coach Mark Price !

Dropstep

March 24th, 2011
12:12 am

It will be Mooney…I know people at Richmond…

pcb mike

March 24th, 2011
1:06 am

Hire Mark Price and make me and ByrdDawg happy. Noodles Neal, also a great choice.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 24th, 2011
3:22 am

PRICE, I agree totally. I do not know Mark personaly, but you can tell the guy is a WINNER, CLASSY, and knows basketball. Why have they not even interviewed him yet is beyond me GT at least owes him that much.

ormewood

March 24th, 2011
7:21 am

At UNC, he was an assistant under Matto Doherty, not Dean Smith. Big difference.

GTAlum

March 24th, 2011
8:45 am

I think Wojcik is an intriguing candidate. He has quite an impressive resume and has landed some big time recruits throughout his career. Not to mention that he already has experience rebuilding a program. I wouldn’t mind this hire one bit to be honest.

Dadgum......

March 24th, 2011
9:13 am

Doug……again, my source is confident it will be Mooney. News reports in the Richmond Times Dispatch have Mooney gone probably by Monday. GT has indeed already contacted Mooney a few weeks ago. Most of the names floated are window dressing. Money is on Mooney. Hey, I like that saying.

Doug Roberson

March 24th, 2011
9:20 am

Dadgum, as I’ve said. It may be Mooney, but until it happens we all keep going.

William Casey

March 24th, 2011
10:04 am

I loved Mark Price as a player. I’ll always admire him for his role in rejuvenating GT basketball. I’d love him now as an assistant coach. He would provide old-school GT credibility to the program in that capacity. I’d have grave reservations about him as head coach, but for reasons I haven’t seen mentioned here. Mark Price is a 47-year old successful man with a good life. He’s not egotistical or money hungry. Though loyal to GT, I simply don’t think he REALLY wants to be a college head coach with the requirements that job has today. I believe that he has an altruistic desire to help his old school. Alas, altruism is an unreliable human motivation over the long term. Evidence? Had he really been into coaching, he would have sought the right assistant coaching position when Coach Cremins was fired and learned the craft from a master, someone like Jim Boehim or Jim Calhoun. He would have learned the all-important skill of putting a team together and keeping it together during the inevitable difficult times. What Roy Williams accomplished at UNC this year is a prime example of this skill. Old Roy learned the lesson well by serving many years on the bench next to a master coach, Dean Smith. Perhaps, if he could recruit nothing but “Mark Price Mind Set” type players, it might work. Not likely. I hope that GT doesn’t go down this road.

J

March 24th, 2011
1:18 pm

Having a proven track record as a head coach does not mean as much as some of you make it out to be. Remember every head coach has to start somewhere. I like Neal as the next head coach myself but I think Price could do just as good of a job as any prospect out there. It all comes down to who is going to motivate these kids and expand there basketball knowledge beyond what it is now. Neal and Price are both more than capable. Assistant coaches can make up for any shortfalls that the next head coach might have. Either way I am looking forward to a fresh start to the basketball program. Go Tech.