Making four straight NITs is a weird thing in college basketball. To be that consistently mediocre, without bubbling up to the big dance (especially now that there are 68 teams) or falling down to no postseason is rather odd. An entire class of players knew what it is was like to be competitive, but not actually good.
Decent, but not something to be proud of. That’s the last four years of Northwestern basketball under Bill Carmody. The four years that produced John Shurna, the program’s best player, but no March Madnesses. And Carmody will get the chance to fulfill his contract and correct that, the school announced today.
There had been a decent amount of media coverage on the idea of Carmody being let go, possibly replaced by Duke assistant Chris Collins, and many Chicago sports fans believed it was time for Carmody to go. But Athletic Director Jim Phillips will let him try and get the team to the promised land next year, and possibly beyond.
“Bill Carmody is under contract to be...