If Bill Carmody is feeling the heat, he did a good job of hiding it.
He's back for a 13th season as Northwestern's coach after his future appeared to be in doubt, and the Wildcats are still searching for that elusive NCAA tournament bid.
That's all that matters. And, maybe, this.
''I have an endorsement from our athletic director and our president so I feel fine,'' Carmody said. ''There's always pressure to win. You always want to win and like I said keep the program where it is. Now, you've got to move forward, not just incrementally. You've got to make a jump here. I think even though you lose (John) Shurna, people say, `Whoa, that was the year.' But I think that you'll be surprised with our guys. We've got some decent newcomers.''
Carmody's future was the source of heavy speculation and passionate debate after last season. The Wildcats went 19-14 and reached the NIT for the fourth straight year, an unprecedented run for Northwestern.
So what was the problem? Well, you know.