Friday, January 17, 2014

Bienen elected to Northwestern Hall of Fame: What a joke!!

OK, I had to make a post on this one. The news that Henry Bienen was elected part to the NU althletics hall of fame is a travesty! It is a slap in the face of all student athletes who tried to compete during a time that the Northwestern administration did next to nothing to support athletics. HB brought in Bill Carmody thinking that Princeton basketball would win in the Big Ten! People who follow NU sports and know and love it, realize what I am saying. HB was terrible for NU sports and we are glad, ecstatic that he is GONE. HB you should not have accepted this honor and you suck!

Henry S. Bienen ’09 H, President Emeritus of Northwestern University, was elected into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame in an honorary capacity in December.

He joins Eileen Canney (softball), Julie Foldi (fencing), Dustin Fox (wrestling), and Scott Rowe (men’s golf) as a member of the Class of 2013.

"It's a great honor to join the outstanding former Northwestern student-athletes as a member," said Bienen. "I enjoyed watching many of them compete during my years as president, and I know the tremendous efforts they all made in order to be successful. So I'm particularly pleased to be in their company in the Athletic Hall of Fame."

Bienen served as Northwestern's President from 1995 to 2009, presiding over a period of increased academic prominence, financial strength and athletic success. During his tenure, NU varsity athletics programs won nearly 20 Big Ten championships while capturing five straight women's lacrosse national titles and five football bowl appearances. (This happened in spite of Bienen's influence. Also this is an average 1.5 championships per year in all sports!)

Bienen's tenure saw extensive construction and upgrades to athletics facilities, highlighted by a complete renovation to Ryan Field. NU athletics also saw the completion of the state-of-the-art indoor Combe Tennis Center, the Luke Donald Practice Facility and Gleacher Indoor Golf Center, an overhaul of the Sharon J. Drysdale softball field and the construction of Lakeside Field, home to NU's soccer and women's lacrosse programs. (I am not sure this is extensive compared to other Big 10 schools).

"The strength of the Northwestern University athletic program today was built on the foundation that President Emeritus Henry Bienen helped create during his 14 remarkably successful years as president," (Bullshit!) said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. "He understood clearly the importance to the University of competing at the highest level, both academically and athletically, and he provided the leadership and resources to make that happen (again, bullshit!). To a great extent, we are following the path that he laid out nearly 20 years ago, and our present-day success would not have been possible without his vision for Northwestern."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Weighing in

Wow, the news from NU basketball is coming in and the bloggers and commenters are having their say. Overall, the choice to move on from the Bill Carmody era was a wise one. Thank you Bill for being such a great coach under the circumstances you arrived. I believe that you will move on and will have much greater success in your new job, whatever that is. Let me tell you, it is not easy to succeed at Northwestern. As a faculty member for almost the same number of years as BC was our coach, I have seen it all. Promises of "investment" from the University, hopes of new beginnings under new leadership, visions of greatness in the future. At the medical school our slogan is "top ten by 2020!"

The thing is that you can't always make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Our new coach will enter the same situation BC leaves and nobody knows better than BC how challenging it will be for whomever this new coach will be. Like medical research, you can't achieve greatness unless you build from the ground up AND spend money. BC has hopefully begun to have built our foundation. I suspect that most of this building was done without significant administrative support. This is what we need to thank him for. Now he can move on to another place where he will be appreciated and that will be good for him.

Back home, the odds are that NU will continue to struggle in men's basketball. Yes, there is a new building, but other schools build new buildings too. Yes, the AD talks about supporting the program, but he couches that in administration talk about how he expects success from all sports. We will likely have difficulty hiring the best candidates on our list because, wisely, people will advise prospective coaches to stay away from NU. If we hire our 3rd or 4th choice coach, look for more dismal seasons in Evanston. If we are lucky we will continue to make the NIT.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Time to start considering a new BB coach

Now that Drew Crawford is out for the year we need to start considering the future Bill Carmody, again. IF the team does well and continues to flirt with the NCAA and makes the NIT, I say we keep him. BUT if the team flounders and loses most of its Big Ten games, we have to let BC move on. Please, for his sake more than ours. Let's see how it goes, but if the season turns out awful, can we just let the man move on?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

'Cats come crashing back to earth!

Men's BB team thought they could run with the big boys, until last night. Better flush that one quickly.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wildcats beat a basketball team from Texas!

I like all the new names in the lineup!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Do you know how close we are to being 9-1?

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About this close.

Monday, November 12, 2012