You've heard the old adage "win the press conference." Yesterday when Northwestern
University officially introduced Chris Collins
to the media
as the 24th head coach
of NU college basketball
...He definitely "won the press conference."
First of all, Wildcat basketball had the full attention of the Chicago sports media as the presser was held in the larger, wide open area of Welsh-Ryan Arena instead of in the small, cramped media conference room. It was actually on the hardwood court itself. The press conference was broadcast live nationally by the Big Ten Network and locally by Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Journalists and reporters from all the local television stations and newspapers were there, and they saw Chris Collins wear his heart on his sleeve because that's the kind of guy he is. He got choked up a bit when talking about his family, in one of the press conference's most powerful moments. His father, former Chicago Bulls coach and current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins, was in attendance.
And Collins the Younger is excited to get his new regime in place. "I had an opportunity last night to have dinner with the current players. My first goal was to build a connection," Chris Collins said.
And he'll be able to constantly tap a great basketball mind in Collins the Elder.
"We talk daily. As I have gotten older, it has been more give and take," Chris Collins said of his Dad...
basketball was flirting with the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history last March it became a huge local story. It was also a sizable national story. NU
possibly taking its first ever steps into the big dance was a large story partially because it would have meant history; partially because there are A LOT of very prominent Northwestern
alums working in media
The Medill school of journalism at Northwestern
is as prestigious as it gets. I’ve had quite a few Medill kids as interns for me at The Sports Bank
, and they usually leave pretty quickly for greener pastures. Now we'll look at what the large network of Northwestern
alums in the media
/Hollywood has to say about the new coaching hire: Duke Blue Devils
Assistant Chris Collins, local guy and son of former Chicago Bulls
coach Doug Collins. It's official.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers
were interested in Collins concerning their current coaching vacancy
, but they will have to look elsewhere. Regardless, NU
fans should be rooting for Michigan State
Friday night versus Duke
. Not just for Big Ten
pride, but to expedite the process of regime change. It'll be a late tip on CBS. And that's GREAT for Northwestern! They'll probably mention the Chris Collins hire multiple times during the telecast. You can't buy program publicity like that.
And CBS did brilliant marketing by breaking this story first. Now they can better sell MSU-Duke in Chicago, the nation's 3rd largest market. Chicago guy (Collins) coaches perhaps his final game under a Chicago born coach (Mike Krzyzewski), before taking over a Chicago program.
Now I could have tried calling or emailing all these famous alums for their insight, but that would be so 2007. Instead I did things the new-fashioned way. I got their public comments from Twitter. (And I didn't have to deal with being rejected by publicists)...
If you follow Big Ten, or even college hoops at all, you know that Northwestern fired Bill Carmody t
oday. There will be an official press conference tonight, when the fate of Carmody will be made official. It's a new direction for the Northwestern basketball program.
Indiana coach Tom Crean
was asked about the firing today during the Big Ten Tournament after Hoosiers were eliminated by the Wisconsin Badgers.
Crean spoke very highly of Carmody and even referenced the famous comment made by Rob Ryan, the former Defensive Coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. After Dallas dismissed Ryan, he arrogantly said: "I'll be out of work for like 5 minutes."
According to Deadspin
"If you take Rob Ryan's original statement as being about how long he would be unemployed during the entire NFL offseason, he missed the mark by about 38,641 minutes"
Of course, Carmody would never publicly say anything even remotely close to braggadocio like this, but the point is Crean believes Carmody will be highly sought after for coaching vacancies.
Here's the full transcript...
Last night, following Northwestern's first round ousting in the Big Ten Tournament,
and thus the end of their season, NU coach Bill Carmody had some very candid comments. Of course, he was asked about his job security
, and we'll get to that, but much more interesting was what he said about finances and revenue in college athletics today.
Carmody very honestly answered a question about where football and basketball rank in the hierarchy. A lot of it has to do with Northwestern's new $200+ million athletic facilities, (Or $200 billion by the math of the Sun-Times' Neil Hayes. Hey, I kid, I kid, we all make mistakes...as my commenters on here LOVE to point out)
Here's an excerpt of the transcript from the press conference...
You listen to Tim McCarver, Skip Bayless, or even worse yet, Jemele Hill and it makes you wonder “how does this person have a job?” Not only do they have a broadcasting gig, but it’s one with a very large footprint. There is no justice in the world.
The Big Ten
Network version of that is Tim Doyle. Like Dick Vitale, he ruins every game he calls. He’s so bad that he makes CBS 2′s Ryan Baker look good by comparison. And that’s really hard to do because Baker pulls off the impossible combination of being both bland/boring and annoying/irritating at the same time.
Remember this is a criticism of Tim Doyle the broadcaster, not Tim Doyle the person. I don't know Doyle personally, he could be a great guy for all I know. However, his work I cannot know, and his work I cannot stand. So, let's be civil and remember there's no need for fist-fights.
In Doyle's exact own words “The business that we are in, sometimes we have to be hard on people or give our opinions.”
Update: Doyle discussed the altercation on 670 The Score Friday morning, and his spot is a MUST LISTEN.