Northwestern fires basketball coach Bill Carmody after 13 years
Evanston, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Northwestern has dismissed long-time head coach Bill Carmody Saturday after a disappointing 13-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the Big Ten.
The decision came after the Wildcats lost to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament in Chicago this week. In his 13 years with Northwestern, Carmody compiled a 192-210 record.
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips gathered the team together Saturday morning in Evanston, Illinois to break the news.
Under Carmody, the Wildcats failed to make an NCAA tournament but did go to the NIT four times. Northwestern has never made the NCAAs, the only program in a power six conference never to make the field.
Carmody came to Northwestern in 2000 after four years at Princeton.
The Wildcats, riddled with injuries the past two seasons, will likely look at Duke associate head coach Chris Collins, who is from Northbrook, Illinois, as a replacement.
Sources said that Collins expressed interest in taking over the job. Lehigh’s Brett Reed is also expected to be a strong candidate.
The Wildcats lost three of their top players this season, contributing to their dismal campaign.
They lost JerShon Cobb to a season-long suspension and later lost Drew Crawford and Jared Swopshire to season-ending injuries.