Fired Bill Carmody: This can't be the path to success

Friday, January 11, 2008

This can't be the path to success

back in November the chicago tribune referred to our basketball program as "stagnant." that sounds about right. i certainly don't have the answers and can't point to one thing (coaching staff, facilities, student support, etc.) that if changed would make all the difference. but i guess my biggest problem with the program right now is the lack of direction and/or focus. i don't see how anyone can expect them to win when they are at a disadvantage in every aspect.

i know about the academic restrictions, so i understand and am fine with us not getting the same level of talent that other schools pull in. but to me, that makes it even MORE imperative that we focus our recruiting and/or playing style on something that gives us an advantage. the football program has picked up on that pretty quickly. we can't compete straight up with Michigan or Ohio State, so we'll throw out a spread offense run by smart white guys and fling the ball around the field. and that works, for the most part. we're not winning any conference championships, but we compete most of the time. and more importantly it makes the players THINK they can compete. i can't imagine how depressing it must be for Moore and Coble and the rest, to know, even before tip-off, that you're about to get your ass kicked.

so i don't care if it's Grinnell College-level gimmicky, we need to do something different. to just take the court twice a week with less talent and less height and less strength and less speed than your opponent, and then on top of that NOT be a great three point shooting team and NOT work your ass off to get rebounds and NOT play a junk defense and NOT full-court press for 40 minutes... well like i said, i just don't see how anyone could think that will get you to close .500 when playing in a major conference.


Blogger Scott Gillard said...

Wow, this is an awesome blog. This is my favorite post yet I think. It really gets to the bottom line, there is nothing to be excited about as an alum/fan. It's sad. No plan, no talent, tough to recruit, what the hell are we doing? Someone ask Carmody at a press conference or something why we continue to watch or care? Not sure of the answer that works for that.

1/22/08, 5:08 PM  

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