Wojcik interviewed for Tech job

Though he said earlier this week that he hadn’t been contacted by Georgia Tech, a few outlets are reporting that Doug Wojcik interviewed for the Yellow Jackets men’s basketball job on Thursday.

Georgia Tech is declining to comment on the search.

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 earlier this week that 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.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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ManUp...

March 25th, 2011
12:17 pm

Interesting. Tulsa doesn’t figure to be much like Tech, but a turnaround-maker is a good coach to look at I guess.

Go Jackets!

Burdell95

March 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

I grew up watching Wojcik play at Navy and seeing him coach at the Navy basketball camp. He’s an officer and a gentleman, with great playing skills, game knowledge, and leadership abilities. He knows how to command–he was trained for that since becoming a midshipman. Excited to hear about this possibility!

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

If Price or Neal had his resume, we could agree on hiring either.
They don’t and DRAD won’t.
Unless money is the main factor.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

I am not in favor of this guy but I would not complain either.
We can’t win a biding war with a football factory or NCSU.

JasonGT

March 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

Yeah hey, let’s make the same mistake Wake Forest made and hire someone who hasn’t done anything for his program or taken them anywhere. the 9 wins to 19 wins (13 losses btw) is a result of an easy schedule. They lost to anyone that was half decent they played, bring back Hewitt if this is what we’re shooting for…

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
12:53 pm

Unless DRAD hires Alfred E Neuman, I plan to renew.
Those of you who will whine if your pick is not chosen, cry me a river.
DRAD is our best AD in decades.
Ten times better than Braine.
I trust he will do the absolute best with the situation we have.
Maybe he knows more than most of us including me.

Not Excited

March 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

But he’s nothing to scoff at either. Impressive pedigree. He’s lured nice talent to Tulsa (Ben Udoh and Jerome Jordan). However, he hasn’t seemed to get Tulsa over the hump.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
12:57 pm

Wake isn’t shipshape but you can’t judge a program by one year no matter how awful.
It all depends on what the prior guy left him and what he is bringing in.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
12:59 pm

Maybe Tulsa never gets over the hump.
I apologize to Tulsa.
I couldn’t resist.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
1:02 pm

And I’m not sure the Butler guy leaves for even Duke or Kansas.
ESPN took a closer look and he looked content with his situation.
I think to some happiness means more than money and a ton of pressure to win.

Not Excited

March 25th, 2011
1:03 pm

We need to remember that our next coach will essentially have one year to impress the fans. If Wojcik comes in and wins 20 and takes us to the tourney, then people will buy tickets for the new arena.

Gordon

March 25th, 2011
1:14 pm

This would be a very disappointing hire.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
1:23 pm

My worry is we have a situation like MLB has with free agents.
Oliver Perez will get 12 million to do nothing this year because of that insane biding war they have every year.
How could the Mets GM be so stupid?
Well at the time, he probably looked worth signing but maybe not for 12 a year.
Whoever we get – whether the hot guy or not – I want to encourage all fans to give him a chance.
Not everyone is going to be pleased.

AlienonEarth

March 25th, 2011
2:58 pm

David Sims will be the starter at Quarterback in 2011.

collegeballfan

March 25th, 2011
3:01 pm

Tulsa since 1989-90 season:

Season All Conf….Titles……postseason
1989-90 17-13 9-5 none NIT
1990-91 18-12 10-6 none NIT
1991-92 17-13 12-6 none none
1992-93 15-14 10-8 none none
1993-94 23-8 15-3 MVC Reg Season NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1994-95 24-8 15-3 MVC Reg Season NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1995-96 22-8 12-6 MVC Tourn NCAA
1996-97 24-10 12-4 none NCAA 2nd Round
1997-98 19-12 9-5 none none
1998-99 23-10 10-6 WAC Reg Season NCAA 2nd Round
1999-00 32-5 12-2 WAC Reg Season NCAA Elite Eight
2000-01 26-11 10-6 none NIT Champions
2001-02 27-10 15-3 WAC Reg Season NCAA 2nd Round
2002-03 23-10 12-6 WAC Tournament NCAA 2nd Round
2003-04 9-20 5-13 none none
2004-05 9-20 5-13 none none
2005-06 11-17 6-8 none none
2006-07 20-11 9-7 none none
2007-08 25-14 8-8 none CBI Champions
2008-09 25-11 14-5 none NIT 2nd Round
2009-10 23-12 10-6 none NIT 1st Round

Looks a lot like the GT record over the same period. I am not sure this would be an upgrade.

William Satterwhite

March 25th, 2011
3:08 pm

collegeballfan, Wojcik is only responsible for the 05-06 season forward, the previous coach destroyed all the tradition the program had previously built up.

GOLD PANTS

March 25th, 2011
3:16 pm

What do Aliens on earth or David SIms at quarterback have to do with anything!! Have another beer at whatever bar you are drinking at.

question

March 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

GT will be no better off with this hire than we were with Hewitt

TU87

March 25th, 2011
3:44 pm

I’m a Tulsa alum. Please take him.

mike

March 25th, 2011
3:45 pm

Go get Smart VCU Coach he young and it would be a upgrade for both of us.. He can Coach!

gtkenz

March 25th, 2011
3:55 pm

I’d rather have Hewitt back. This guy is not going to take Tech to the next level or any level. He’ll recruit middle of the pack, but only because it’s Tech, not due to his skill, and he’ll play .500 ball. He’s had no success. 20 wins in C-USA is nothing. We’re talking ACC. I will not buy a ticket to see an average team with an average, or I think below average coach. How about Dip Metress at ASU? All he’s done is taken a doormat and won over 100 games in 4 years. And he knows Georgia. Just a thought!!

question

March 25th, 2011
4:03 pm

If Drad doesn’t get this hire right, then he is going to have to take some heat (i’m not saying he will be fired because he won’t because he is one of the best AD’s around)

GT needs someone that is going to pump some life into our program and who is going to recruit his tail off in this talent rich state – I don’t think this guy from Tulsa is going to do either of those things

Upstate Jacket

March 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

Please remember how upset Auburn fans were with Gene Chizik (?sp) when he was hired. An AD’s job is to know what a good coach looks like or he loses his job. To this point I trust DRad more than I do you “know nothings” that troll this website. Now everyone please go back to your own job.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
4:17 pm

Has the guy who filmed Chizik arriving and yelled at him from a distance ever apologized?
Doubtful.

bruce mac

March 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

Another angry white guy. I think he fits perfect with Yech. UGA can continue to roll with this guy at the helm.

GT hulk

March 25th, 2011
4:33 pm

Dont ask me, I was glad when Bill Lewis came and angry when O’Leary got hired.

tyger

March 25th, 2011
4:43 pm

Falcoons Easy Button 1.0 2011

1.27 Justin Houston DE UGA
2.54 Jon Baldwin WR Pitt
3.81 Bruce Carter LB UNC
4.108 Curtis Marsh CB Utah St.
5.135 Ray Webber WR UAPB
6.162 Frank Warren RB Grambling
7.189 Rico Lockette WR FVSU

Hoophead

March 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

His pedigree speaks volumes. He was instrumental in bringing May, Felton, and McCants to UNC and played a vital role on some very good Michigan State teams, including one Final Four appearance. Tulsa not making the NCAAs has as much to do with a filthy, but talented, Memphis bunch. Not to mention that he was a consistent 20 game winner in a much stronger conference than Nolan Richardson, Bill Self, or Tubby Smith ever faced with Tulsa.

Is it the ideal hire? Probably not, but Brad Stevens is not walking through that door. If Mooney is looking for a payday, there are obviously schools that can, and will, pay more for him.

Bottom line, Wojcik is high character, has experience in the ACC, recruits well, has had success at a school with high academic standards, and won’t break the bank.

question

March 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

Upstate Jacket

For every Gene Chizik, I can give you 10 Chan Gaileys, Mike Shulas, and Ron Vanderlindens so please just stop it

Drad will make the right decision and as a ALUM who DONATES EVERY YEAR (And does not take the itemized deduction for the donation), I am and many others have the right to voice our opinions about potential candidates for this position

Old Fashioned

March 25th, 2011
4:53 pm

Express your opinions,folks,but none of us know nearly as much about hiring a coach as DRad. But to read some of the comments here ,one would think that there are hundreds of EXPERTS here. If they all know so much and are so smart,why isn’t there a unanimous agreement as to the next coach? Could it be that almost all of the definitive remarks as to who,FOR SURE,would be greatest coach in the country are just ignorant BS? Just relax until the announcement,then,if you’re really for GT,get 100%,get behind the team and new coach.

Ramble On!

March 25th, 2011
4:55 pm

To collegeballfan, please explain how tech has the same record as this guy…he’s won 20 games in 4 of his 6 years coaching. We’ve has as many 20 win seasons as that under Hewitt – in ELEVEN YEARS and we haven’t even sniffed a conference title. Wojcik has had a couple great shots at conference titles, but just couldn’t compete with the deep pockets (and probably shady recruiting as hoophead eluded to) at Memphis under Calipari. It also looks like the NCAA wouldn’t consider any teams other than Memphis for years in C-USA after Tulsa had those bad years before Wojcik. This guy kind of intrigues me to be honest with you. Probably fits our budget as well.

Use your head people...

March 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

Please stop all of this talk about Price and/or Neal. They are legends here and to bring either one of them in to be a head coach without any head coaching experience (except mighty Class A Whitfield Academy) would not be fair to anyone. They would probably fail and everyone would forget all about all the great things they did for us in the past. Those idiots down the road figured that out the hard way with Ray Goof. I’m willing to give this guy a shot. Good pedigree as an assistant and HC. I was worried that he had less than 100 wins in 6 years so I looked it up and he as 123. As always, nice reporting AJC. It took me 2 seconds to find that out.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 25th, 2011
5:06 pm

Those of you who are familiar with my posts hopefully already know this, but the “Supersize” who posted at 4:49 is a fake. He is one of the reasons these blogs need to be password-protected.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
5:08 pm

2question.
I didn’t see UpstateJacket’s comment as directed towards you at all.
I’m glad you are in our fanbase.
Lots of comments earlier today were a waste of time.
I think that’s who he was talking about.
Not you.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 25th, 2011
5:08 pm

He also posted at 4:36, and those of you who know me KNOW I don’t want Mark Price.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
5:12 pm

@Old Fashioned
We’re on the same page.
Funny.

question

March 25th, 2011
5:41 pm

Jackets 2011

I went and read all the drivel posted earlier and I agree with you that his comments were directed at many of those clowns

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March 25th, 2011
6:54 pm

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Wreckmaniac

March 25th, 2011
7:57 pm

I like what I am reading about this man. This would be a sensible choice.

gotech

March 25th, 2011
8:25 pm

DRAD will get the job done. Got rid of Gailey And had to wait for the finances to get right to fire the laziest person ever on any professional level.

Tony Shumpert

March 25th, 2011
8:51 pm

Its shocking to me that no one has mentioned John Thompson Jr. Discipline and fundamentals Tech needs. Not the mid-major coach of the moment.

Ramble On!

March 25th, 2011
8:56 pm

Tony, I am tired of your race baiting bullcrap. Let’s go with credentials not skin color. Get over it. Its not 1960.

Basketball Jones

March 26th, 2011
6:28 am

No money. No honey. GT has no money and will get no honey. Football, Basketball…the slide continues.

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 26th, 2011
10:13 am

John Thompson Jr? What a joke. Hasn’t gotten the job done at Daddy’s U yet. He’ll stay there as long as they’ll have him, because they may be the only ones who’ll have him.

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 26th, 2011
10:19 am

Of course, Tony Shumpert would make an excellent coach…I expect he could coach better than Hewitt.

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 26th, 2011
10:20 am

BJ: No brains. No class. No wonder your comments are so vapid.

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 26th, 2011
10:24 am

Hiring the Anti-Hewitt has little to do with race. It is about hiring someone who places a premium on discipline and fundamentals, leadership on and off the court, represents the Institute’s athletic AND academic principles, takes responsibility for his and his players’ actions, and demonstrates that winning is not inconsistent with NCAA compliance and graduating players.

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
10:38 am

Wojo sounds like a solid fall-back candidate. I’m not very familiar with Tulsa’s program and whether they invest enough money and attention to enable success in basketball, so his record there may be misleading. On the other hand, I think most Tech fans are expecting a little higher profile name. Contrary to the ignorant canine blogs littering the AJC sites, I believe that most Tech fans are realistic in their expectations and trust DRad to meet or exceed those expectations. No one expects or even wants a top-tier high-major coach who would require exorbitant compensation and who has nowhere to go but down. On the other hand, Tech is and should be in the running for some of the better mid-major names out there, expecially those with experience in building/re-building programs and whose best years appear ahead of them. Mooney, Marshall, Smart, Wojcik, among others are justifiably within reach. That is not to say that other schools won’t outbid Tech, but if it is the right fit both the coach and the Institute should know it. Too much is made of hiring salaries, when the big picture, including endorsement, media, and future compensation is the real issue. BECAUSE of Hewitt’s golden contract, Tech has proven it is willing to handsomely reward success (even though we needn’t worry about infinite roll-overs with Braine gone).

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
10:38 am

Too much is made of hiring salaries, when the big picture, including endorsement, media, and future compensation is the real issue. BECAUSE of Hewitt’s golden contract, Tech has proven it is willing to handsomely reward success (even though we needn’t worry about infinite roll-overs with Braine gone).

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
10:40 am

“Mr. Mooney, Dan Radakovich from Georgia Tech is on line one.”