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...
As Tom Crean
has elevated the Indiana Hoosiers
program back to the glory it once knew, he’s also had some damaging public relations moments. However, lately he’s getting more PR savvy.
On February 19th, he chewed out the moderator
on the Big Ten
conference call over player of the week award criteria. On March 7th versus Ohio State
, he didn’t talk to the media after the game until 1:37 A.M!
A couple years ago, Crean
tweeted a complaint about an early start time when his Hoosiers
came to play the Illini
. And the reaction went over like a lead balloon.
When IU visited Northwestern in 2010
kept the media
waiting a very, very long time. Which was rather inconvenient for us in Chicago but a MUCH bigger problem for the Indianapolis media
who traveled to cover the game, as the Indianapolis Colts
were playing the Saints IN THE SUPER BOWL hours later...
The Big Ten
has been pretty weak in college football
this season. That’s obvious. But as down as football might be, Big Ten college basketball
is up just as much, perhaps even more. The league has three of the top five in the coaches poll, and five teams in the top 25. The Hoosiers
are number one in the poll
, with the Buckeyes
number four and the Wolverines
Today was the conference’s media
day, held right here in Chicago. And here’s who the media
picked for to finish at the top of the league, and to make the all-Big Ten