Air Force's Bzdelik not interested in return to Nuggets

Updated: July 12, 2006, 1:14 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Air Force coach Jeff Bzdelik has decided against any possibility of returning to the Denver Nuggets, an Air Force athletics official said.

Nuggets coach George Karl asked the school for permission to talk to Bzdelik about an assistant's position and the coaches met Tuesday, Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh said.

Bzdelik told the Nuggets he is committed to staying at Air Force, Mueh said.

"Jeff told me that he told the Nuggets to not even get into discussions about money," he said. "He told them that he was staying here."

Bzdelik was 60-104 as the Nuggets' head coach before he was fired midway through the 2004-05 season. Last year, he led the Falcons to a 24-7 record and an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season.

Mueh said Bzdelik was given what amounted to about a 10 percent raise after last season.

"He [Bzdelik] has built something here that will last, and I think he wants to hang around and see how it works out," Mueh said. "No one has worked harder in recruiting and with the players he is bringing in and the players we have back from last season. We have an awesome future in basketball."

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