This is most of what was said during today's teleconference. It's a rough outline, but has a lot of good quotes.
I felt it was necessary to bring the group together. There’s been a lot of talk, a lot of speculation out there. I wanted to really give you the process and what occurred since the season ended in Seattle.
I flew back and literally at 4:30 or 5 in the morning Saturday called Bill in the morning and had an initial conversation as we do every season as with all 19 sports.
Saturday and Sunday I spent time with the student athletes…Bill and I had a chance to talk all day Monday. Tuesday I had the chance to spend time with the basketball staff and my own staff that work specifically with basketball. I tried certainly to press it forward because there was a lot of information out there relative to what was going to take place.
We had another very, very solid season. I want to be clear, we’re not satisfied, but we’re headed on right track. It’s not about winning at all costs.
We’ve been talking the last three days or so since we got back from Seattle. I want to start off by saying right off the bat, nobody was more disappointed than our players, our staff and me, the way season ended.
All aspects of the program have improved and drastically. We’re no longer comparing ourselves to ourselves, which is what we’ve done in the past.
We’ve reached a point where we’re not satisfied. We compare ourselves externally to competition in the rest of the Big Ten and the rest of the country.
We’re real happy for next year and for years to come. I think we’re on very stable ground, more than stable.
A gig aspect is we’re recruiting lot of local kids. Indications are we’re going to continue to move forward.
The program’s going to be better. Bill’s assured me of that, my staff’s assured me of that and I’ve seen it. This is the first year we’ve been really, really close (to making to the Tournament)
For some people that’s not enough… I don’t think they fully appreciate what we’re trying to do here. This isn’t the final destination of our basketball program.
Obviously that’s a metrics and something everybody looks at to evaluate a program, on the court success. We’re trying to develop young men and women in college athletics.
We want to win, we want to win badly at Northwestern, but we’re not going to win at all costs.
Think in these situations we really try to hold true to our values. Maybe half the population will be upset and half will be excited.
At the end of the day, I feel very good that it was a very thorough, comprehensive, and objective end of the year evaluation.
I know what the outside world was saying, what was being contemplated out there.
(Carmody’s) contract, the terms reported, just aren’t accurate. Head coaches’ contracts remain private.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that this is part of a greater facilities-wise plan.
I don’t think pressure of not making the Tournament (hurt the team late in games), I think it was the depth we had. I had to play guys too many minutes and I think that wears on guys, particularly you have Shurna playing almost the whole game, day in and day out. Sobo, he’s a freshman and we had him play 35 minutes every game.
I didn’t have time to respond to a lot of these things and lot of inaccuracies in the paper. One person writes something and then gets repeated and repeated and repeated. It’s all wrong, but it’s tough to refute these things.
I think end of game situations were definitely not good this year. It has little bit to do with recruiting and getting enough players. Size is important. We think that coming back we’ll be able to handle some of the rebounding, which was the biggest weakness this year. Who we have coming back, we’re going to be a bigger team next year. We have Nikola Cerina coming in next year.
I think every coach would prefer to play man to man... I don’t want to play 1-3-1 as much as we did this year, but lack of depth is one thing that hurt us.
I can, but I’m not comfortable (releasing contract info. More than one year is left). I tell all recruits and families I plan on being here for a long time.
I expected to be back. Sometimes the more you refute something the more you end up on the defensive side of things.
There are challenges here, not any barriers. I think there are enough good players out there, a pool of good players who are also good students that like Northwestern that we like.
We definitely have enough resources to do what we want to do here. Things are tracking upward and we’re really excited and happy to move on.
As Jim said, every year we do an evaluation. We moved it ahead because of the way this thing has blown up, this issue. We just had conversations the whole week about it.