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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Bill Carmody's Job is Safe at Northwestern -- Perhaps for 3 More Seasons

So says Northwestern's president, Henry Bienen.

Northwestern has never made a post-season tournament -- not even the NIT in the era after the NCAA tournament expanded to 65 teams. When the Wildcats hired the former Princeton mentor in 2000, they certainly must have hoped he would have led them to a post-season berth by now. This year, the Wildcats are 1-14 in the Big Ten, 8-18 overall this season.

Going into the season, Carmody's overall record was 95-113 overall and 35-77 in the Big Ten (where he was named coach of the year after the 2003-2004 season). To show how trying the circumstances are facing the hoops program at Northwestern, its public relations staff highlighted in his bio on the schoo's website that Coach Carmody had more wins in any seven-year span in Northwestern basketball history than any other coach. For a full coaching bio on Carmody, click here.

Great to have the University president in your corner and a coach at a school that looks far beyond the won-loss record and possible revenues that could go with it.

How rare is that?

And, I would submit, it's a "good" rare, because Bill Carmody is a good man and excellent coach.


Blogger TigerHawk said...

Henry Bienen was, of course, professor at Princeton for many years (he is an Africanist, I believe), including (as I recall) during the Carmody years.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for Carmody, Bienen is retiring before the start of the 2009-2010 school year. Given that Northwestern recently hired a new athletic director and basketball continues to underperform the rest of the school's programs, Carmody is unlikely to be back after next season unless the program improves substantially.

In addition, although Northwestern's basketball history is dismal, it's not quite as bad as your post suggests. The Cats won the national championship in 1931 and have made three trips to the NIT in the last 25 years.

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