Fired Bill Carmody: Round and round we go

Friday, April 04, 2008

Round and round we go

it's time again for the annual coaching carousel, which NU unfortunately won't be a part of this year. most of these hires/fires don't impact Northwestern directly, except of course for the young up-and-comers and hot assistants who are swooped up by other programs while we extend the excruciatingly long timeline to get our program turned around.

one of the more interesting story lines to me is that Craig Robinson is apparently one of the candidates for the job at Providence College. Robinson, of course, is a former NU assistant who this season led Brown to sweeps of both Penn and Princeton and a six point victory at Welsh-Ryan.

Robinson appears to have some of the Princeton basketball magic that somehow has eluded our man Bill Carmody. one of the things that struck me in Alexander Wolff's profile of John Thompson III was how Carril and JT3 seemed to have "it." the article did include that in 1998 Carmody coached Princeton to a #8 ranking and a 27-2 record (the 5th seeded Tigers lost to Michigan State in the second round), but it also mentions that Carmody didn't leave Thompson with much of a roster. (poor recruiting, anyone?) i finished that article with the impression that the other two Princeton coaches have a little something extra in terms of basketball acumen and the ability to get the most out of their players. something that BC seems to be missing at Northwestern.


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