Fired Bill Carmody: Phillips says Carmody's job is safe

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Phillips says Carmody's job is safe

well, it appears i have to keep this stupid site going for a while longer: BC ain't goin' anywhere.

yes, i've been critical of Carmody's tenure. i did think it was an inspired hire 9 years ago, but he hasn't shown the ability to achieve any kind of sustained success in this league. and please don't give me that crap about "Give him time... he's starting to turn it around..." lest we forget, in 2004 Carmody rode Vedran Vukusic and Jitim Young to an 8-8 conference record in what was a terrible Big Ten that year. but NU didn't play in the postseason in part because wins over Illinois and Wisconsin were balanced by losses to UIC, Rutgers and Mississippi Valley State. the next four seasons' conference records were 6-10, 6-10, 2-14, and 1-17. and the season before the 8-8 year NU finished 3-13.

my point is that you cannot look at '08/'09 in a vacuum. this year's modicum of success doesn't erase the last eight seasons. and there is no reason to think that things will get better. next year NU's returning players will come back smarter and perhaps stronger, but not faster. meanwhile, the other teams' returning players are also getting smarter and stronger, and those players were better than NU's to begin with. yes, Tavaras Hardy has improved NU's recruiting, but let's keep things in perspective here. i don't think Tom Izzo, Tom Crean or Tubby Smith are worried about losing any players to us.


Blogger buckyor said...

Bienen is still around through the end of August. There is no chance of Carmody being relieved of his duties while Bienen is still around, and there aren't going to be a whole lot of coaches available come September 1. So it's almost certain you'll have to keep this site going for another year, at least.

It kind of shows the stones that Phillps has- or, rather, doesn't have- that he's reduced to saying that Carmody "has done a great job this season." A 5-8 conference record, good for 9th out of 11 teams, constitutes a "great job" only in the minds of Henry Bienen and his housepet, Phillips.

2/21/09, 11:57 PM  

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