A third head coaching vacancy may be coming to a Big Ten town near you (especially if you live near Evanston, Illinois).
From the Trib:
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips declined to speak publicly Monday, and a team spokesman said coach Bill Carmody was “unavailable” for interviews.
Phillips is evaluating Carmody this week, trying to determine whether to give him a 13th season.
Most NU fans would be OK with a new coach, based on the highly unscientific combination of emails received, website comments that accompany stories and a poll of 400-plus voters at LakeThePosts.com, NU’s top sports blog. Around 64 percent hope Carmody will be replaced; 19 percent advocate one more year and 17 percent favor several more years.
Well, I don’t see what could go wrong with making decisions based in part of pleasing people with access to an Internet connection. Do you?
This is being handled in true Northwesternly fashion (plodding and inept). Phillips is leaving Carmody twisting in the wind, as other schools (Nebraska and Illinois among them) made quick decisions and launched coach searches.
But, if you were a mid-major coach of any promise, would you want the Northwestern job? Could Northwestern get somebody better?
- John Shurna doesn’t have any more eligibility. We are told he’s pretty good. The rest of them? Not so much.
- Carmody has actually coached Northwestern to a level of respectability. Other than the dismal 2007 and 2008 seasons (two and one win), here are his Big Ten win totals since 2003 (selected because they were bad in 2003): eight, six, six, two, one, eight, seven, seven.
- In the 16 seasons before Carmody’s arrival, the Wildcats won more than three games in a Big Ten season precisely twice. In fact, here are their win totals in that time: two, two, two, two, two, two, zero, two, three, five, one, two, two, three, six, zero.
In short, Carmody has been better. Significantly better. In fact, he’s been leaps and bounds better than any coach since the wonderfully mediocre Arthur Lonborg, who was 138-141 in Big Ten games between 1927 and 1950.
So be careful what you ask for, Northwestern fans.
Arthur Lonborg isn’t walking through that door.