After thirteen seasons as head coach, Bill Carmody has been fired by Northwestern.
The school announced that Carmody would not return to the team this morning after months of speculation. After Carmody’s final game, a loss to Iowa on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament, the team was very emotional, seeing the writing on the wall about their coach. They were correct.
Carmody had a record of 192-210 over thirteen seasons with the Wildcats. However, he was never able to take his team to the NCAA Tournament, a massive failure that hung over his tenure and the school’s history. Northwestern has in fact never been to the NCAA Tournament and Carmody got them much closer than they ever had before in some recent years, but could never get a bid.
Carmody’s final season in Evanston was a tumultuous one, filled with injuries. They lost arguable the best player in school history, John Shurna, when he graduated after ast season. Then senior guard Drew Crawford had season ending shoulder surgery in December, after he was the team’s second leading scorer the year before. Next, Jared Swopshire was lost for the season in mid-February to a knee injury. The Wildcats limped in to Chicago with a record of 13-18, before losing to Iowa in the first round in the Big Ten tournament.
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips did say that the school would hold a press conference this afternoon at 5:30, to address the move.
Possible replacements for Carmody have been thrown around well before the announcement today, with Duke assistant Cris Collins, Valporaiso head coach Bryce Drew and Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s names being involved. Whoever Northwestern hires will have a tough climb ahead of them, as the Wildcats will be very barren of talent next season.
Carmody lasted a long time in Northwestern, but eventually having never achieved the goal of making it to the NCAA Tournament caught up with him.