NU and Carmody Complete Another Failed Season

  • Saturday, March 13, 2010 1:15 AM
  • Written By: Steve Silver


I really don’t know why I get my hopes up anymore.

After conceding every December that Northwestern will never string together an NCAA tournament-worthy regular season, I always pin my Big Dance dreams on a miraculous run through the Big Ten tournament.

Once again NU let me down.

This year the Wildcats’ season came to an end against Purdue in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Yes, it was a close game (69-61) and I’ll admit the Boilermakers were extremely unimpressive as the Wildcats did everything they could to not win the game, but that does not change the end result – no NCAA tournament bid and most likely not even an NIT berth.

When will enough be enough? Why do the school, athletic department, alums and fans continue to support such a joke of a basketball program?

I can’t help but reread a column I wrote for The Daily Northwestern during my junior year as an undergraduate titled, "The Time Has Passed For Carmody".

The basic gist was that NU needed to fire coach Bill Carmody and I still believe this is the only way to salvage the team.

In that column three years ago I wrote, “… With Bill Carmody at the helm of our Cats, I will never even be able to dream of having a "good" basketball team here. I'd celebrate a mediocre team, but Carmody can't even pull that off.”

Today I am willing to admit that Carmody has surpassed mediocrity. A record-setting 20-13 season this year is nothing to sneeze at. Progress has been made.

But does a winning season, Carmody’s first since the 2001-02 campaign, really deserve another 10 years to try to make the NCAA tournament?

I know what the counterarguments are. The team is now winning. They have a solid group of starters returning next season. They won 20 games without Kevin Coble. They are not getting blown out anymore, as each game is competitive.

Excuse me while I yawn.

Coming close just doesn’t cut it anymore. At some point Carmody has to be judged based on the end result. Make the NCAA tournament or find a new job. It is simple.

Consider that over 10 seasons, I repeat TEN SEASONS, Carmody is 140-162 overall with a 51-115 Big Ten record. How in the world has this man kept his job for so long by winning less than one third of all conference games?

It is truly mind-blowing.

Carmody has clearly earned himself another year, but at some point somebody in power has to set the bar at making the NCAA tournament or NU will never be in it.

Then again, Carmody might become a hero when the field expands to 96 teams and he leads the Wildcats to the Bigger Dance. That’s still probably hoping for too much.

On a completely unrelated note, I have to post this video of Snoop Dogg showing Sidney Crosby some love at the 1:20 mark.

On my last post about Crosby a few haters ripped him for not living up to the “legend” hype.

Yea, you can all shut up now. At the age of 22 Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold Medal, the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy.

Oh and he’s only put up a measly 86 points in 67 games this season while scoring a league-leading 45 goals.

Boy, that Sidney Crosby. What a letdown, eh?

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Ah, the "Fire Carmody" column ... I wrote one of those too. I think he actually might be gone if they don't make the dance next season though. Don't know what the numbers look like now, but back in '07 I wrote: "Of the 19 coaches in the six BCS conferences who have held their jobs since 2000 or before, Carmody is the only one who hasn’t led his team to at least four postseason berths."