When it comes to the worst head coaching gigs in all of college basketball, or at least the teams in the big six power conferences, Lost Lettermen.com
thinks they've figured out the ten worst. Obviously, this is a highly
subjective survey, but the list is bookended by a pair of local Chicago
teams. And the list includes two more Big Ten programs in Penn State #7 and Nebraska #5. "Legends and Leaders" they are certainly not in college hoops.
LL is a great site for learning the whereabouts of your favorite
former collegiate stars, and it's tagline is "The College Sports Online
Magazine and Former Player Database"
Here are a couple snippets from what they had to say about the #10 DePaul Blue Demons and #1 Northwestern
Wildcats. And Chi-City people, don't shoot the messenger here. Not
saying I agree or disagree with them, just relaying the message.
LL on DePaul
Chicago has a rich tradition of college basketball
and is always a hotbed for talent. The only problem? Most of that
talent either goes to Illinois or other programs that poach Chi-Town's
talent like Kansas, Marquette and Wisconsin.
It's safe to say that DePaul is the worst team in the Big East after
going a combined 1-35 in the last two years of conference play. And
after an 0-6 conference start this year, the Blue Demons have a chance
of running the table again this season.
Bill Carmody's in his 11th year at the helm, and seems in no
danger of losing his job despite never making the tournament. In fact,
he just got a two-year extension! But if you actually want to win?
Don't touch this gig with a 10-foot pole. That's because there's
absolutely no precedent for success here: they've never qualified for
the tournament - the only BCS school never to do so. Thanks to Michael
Wilbon's plugs for his alma mater on PTI, we're all well aware of the
program's inability to get over that hump.
To add insult to insult, LL also named NU #10 in its ten worst major college football
head coaching gigs. (Although I'm sure Pat Fitzgerald would have a lot
to say disagreeing with that) NU was the only school to make both lists.
Now I know us Chicagoans have a lot to say about these rankings, so have at it in the comment threads below
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