Northwestern Basketball

Northwestern Basketball: Should Bill Carmody Be on the Hot Seat?

BLOOMINGTON, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Bill Carmody the head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats talks with Reggie Hearn #11 during the Big Ten Conference game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on February 15, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2012

Isn't it insane that Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament?

They have been playing basketball in Evanston for over 100 years, and in 73 years of the NCAA doing their tournament they have never been part of the field.

Did you know that Northwestern hosted the first NCAA championship game in 1939?

As well as hosting that 1939 championship game they also hosted the final four in 1956.

Northwestern basketball has been so historically bad that they have only appeared in the NIT tournament six times. I assume they will make the field this season for their seventh appearance.

The Wildcats have only won the conference twice and it's been 79 years since the last time they did that.

So I ask how has Bill Carmody kept his job for 12 seasons?

He has the second longest tenure to only Arthur Lonborg, who won those two conference titles and is the last Wildcat coach to have a winning record. Lonborg coached the Wildcats from 1927 till 1950 and compiled a record of 236-203-1.

After 12 seasons in Evanston Carmody has a record of 160-177 overall and an awful record of 58-126 in the Big Ten.

Now some people may say that Northwestern just can't recruit the players to compete. I completely disagree with that.

Has it hurt the football team?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 08:  John Shurna #24 of the Northwestern Wildcats attempts a shot against Andre Ingram #30 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers during their first round game of 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldho
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Northwestern football isn't a power house but has made it to 10 bowl games and have won the Big Ten eight times, most recently in 2000. Also it can be said that coach Pat Fitzgerald is really starting to build something having made it to bowl games in the last four seasons.

Just think about that, Fitzgerald has led the team to four bowl games and played in two other. That is six of the team's 10 bowl appearances. He was also an assistant on two of the other teams so it definitely appears that Wildcat football is on the way up.

Yet even with the success on the football field they have been unable to win on the basketball court.

Did you know that Tex Winter coached at Northwestern?

That's right the master of the triangle offense who was an assistant for the Chicago Bulls during the championship era.

The hiring of Carmody in 2000 was a smart move. He had dealt with the same academic standards at Princeton and was able to get them to the tournament in back-to-back seasons. However the Big Ten is a lot harder then the Ivy League.

The fact that Carmody has lasted this long is just a joke. During the 2007-2008 seasons he led them to an 8-22 record including a 1-17 record in the Big Ten.

He should have been fired then.

If it wasn't for the brilliant career of John Shurna over the last four seasons I think it is safe to say that Carmody would have lost his job years ago.

Northwestern has had only four All-Americans and I could only tell name two of them and I had no idea one of them played basketball. Evan Eshmeyer is probably the one everyone remembers but the other was Otto Graham, the great Cleveland Browns QB, who I didn't know played basketball.

Northwestern basketball has been a joke for too long and it is time for it to end.

If the Wildcats are serious about making the tournament and being the joke of the Big Ten then their first move should be to say goodbye to Bill Carmody. 

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