Buzz Headed to Boulder

The process took just over five months, but late Tuesday night, the Colorado Buffaloes got their man. Jeff Bzdelik will be introduced as the new head men's basketball coach at CU in a press conference Wednesday morning at the University Memorial Center. Bzdelik's first day as a Buffalo promises to be a busy one.

Jeff Bzdelik was among Colorado's top candidates to replace Ricardo Patton — perhaps among its top two targets — from early on in the search process. Patton announced on Oct. 25 he would leave the program following the season.

Bzdelik led his Air Force team all the way into the semifinal round of the NIT last month, delaying CU's ability to invite Bzdelik for a formal interview until this past Monday. He visited CU Monday, then took most of the day Tuesday to mull over his decision.

Late Tuesday evening, members of the CU basketball team were called to Lone Tree -- where Bzdelik lives -- for a team meeting with their new coach, signaling his decision to coach the Buffs, according to a report in the Daily Camera.

Bzdelik will reportedly recieve a 5-year contract.

Bzdelik's first day on the job will be a busy one. The initial press conference to announce Bzdelik as new head coach will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the UMC. It will be carried live on television on FSNRM.

But that's only the beginning. He's scheduled to throw the first pitch at the Colorado Rockies-Arizona Diamondbacks game at Coors Field at 1 p.m., then will attend a pep rally at Smiley Middle School (Denver) at 2, a meet-n-greet at ClearChannel Studios (Denver) at 3, another one at KKFN-Radio (Greenwood Village) at 4 and a final one at Braun's Restaurant in Denver at 5 p.m.

While Bzdelik will spend the next several months getting to know his new players, he's already familiar with one -- Levi Knutson, who will be a freshman at CU in the fall. Bzdelik recruited Knutson, the sharp-shooter from Arapahoe High School, to Air Force.

Knutson told BSN Tuesday he was thrilled at the prospect of playing for Bzdelik.

"He's an all-around great coach, and great guy," Knutson said. "He's down to earth, he says what he means. He's honest, easy to get along with. He doesn't feed you any false lines about how things are going to be easy.

"I couldn't tell you how excited I am to play for him."