“if you win tonight, it doesn’t mean you’re in, if you lose it doesn’t mean you’re out.”
-After the loss Carmody said: “Doesn’t mean anything either way. We’ll put our resume out there and see how it goes…well, we will practice on Sunday, that I know. It’s a body of work. And a few years ago, they said the last 10 games used to be something that if you were on a hot streak, that was more important than playing December games, but now they say it’s not true.”
Those comments did not make it seem like Carmody was serious about making the NCAAs, or at least didn’t treat that game seriously enough
-If Pat Fitzgerald can get the college football team to bowl games with these strict admission standards, then someone out there can get the Cats into the tourney with the same restrictions in place. This fall was the first time Northwestern, Duke, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Notre Dame all made bowl games.
As the Trib’s Dan McNeil put it:
A football team needs at least a dozen studs to contend for conference championships. A basketball team needs only two or three top-level players and it’s on its way. Perish the thought of football players being smarter than basketball players. Fitzgerald has faced the same challenges as Carmody. The same difficult admission standards. Small stadium. Chicago being a pro town.
-No coach can sustain 25+ win seasons with NCAA Tournament wins year after year running the Princeton offense and 1-3-1 zones on defense. It’s a gimmicky lost art.
A Fulbright scholar, author and MBA, Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks)
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