Georgia Tech has begun its interviews, and there has been much debate over whether one of the projected interviewees would actually be interviewed. It was Tweeted on Wednesday that Doug Wojcik of Tulsa would be granted an audience with the Tech committee. (Yes, Tech has a committee, although athletic director Dan Radakovich and consiglieri Eddie Fogler are the guys who matter.)
Later that day Wojcik told the Tulsa World he hadn’t heard from Tech and described the Twittered reports as “hilarious.” Well, Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News reported Thursday that Wojcik would indeed be interviewed, and DeCourcy isn’t known for flights of fancy.
So let’s just assume Wojcik has had some manner of contact with Tech. And now we ask: What exactly would the Jackets see in Doug Wojcik?
Beats the heck outta me.
He has been at Tulsa six seasons and hasn’t yet lifted the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament. (And it is possible to get Tulsa to the NCAA. Nolan Richardson did it. J.D. Barnett did it. Tubby Smith took it to the Sweet 16, and Bill Self to the Elite Eight.) Wojcik was also part of the only North Carolina staff, meaning Matt Doherty’s, to get fired over the past half-century.
I don’t know why Tech would have interest in Wojcik. Maybe Fogler, once a Tar Heel assistant, sees something in this former Tar Heel assistant. Even if that’s the case, I can’t imagine a scenario in which Wojcik would be Tech’s first choice or even its third. He just seems like someone to interview while you’re waiting to interview somebody else.
That said, I’m beginning to think there could be a way for Craig Neal — who was interviewed Wednesday and whose candidacy I advocated – to become the next Tech coach. I’m not sure Noodles would be the first choice, but he might well be the third. Or the second. (And his tactic of saying he would seek to hire Mark Price as his assistant was rather inspired, don’t you think?)
One thing more: In Radakovich’s latest “Good Word” on RamblinWreck.com, he offers this intriguing sentence: “While there are no guarantees in this difficult world of coaching searches, I still feel strongly that we might be able to have a new coach selected before next weekend’s Final Four in Houston.”
Key word: Might. Previously Radakovich had said he wanted to have a coach by the time the Final Four commenced, and I outlined Tech’s rationale the other day. But I interpret the word “might” as D-Rad’s nod to reality: Chris Mooney and Richmond are still alive in the NCAA tournament — the Spiders play Kansas tonight — and Gregg Marshall and Wichita State have advanced to the NIT semifinals, which will be staged Tuesday in Madison Square Garden.
I still believe Mooney and Marshall are the two leading possibilities at Tech, but there’s a chance the Jackets wouldn’t be able to talk to either before the Final Four. Which might, to invoke the (good) word of the day, render Radakovich’s target date null and void.
By Mark Bradley