POD: Five Changes To Improve The Program

There seems to be more negative rumblings about the Basketball Team on the message boards lately. Some Wildcat fans think that a few changes are needed to try to get Northwestern Basketball up to and past the level that the Football team has attained. One fan is tired of the negativity and puts forth a few positive ideas, earning Post of the Day recognition...

Enough with the negative thinking,
let's think about a few changes that Bill Carmody can make to improve the performance of the men's basketball program. Here's what I came up with:

1. Begin your basketball clinics when the kids are 4th and 5th grades. Target children early on who appear to have talent and begin the recruiting process in 7th and 8th grade; [There may be some NCAA rules about this one]

2. Make inroads into the inner city. Take every inner city high school coach to lunch and sell them on Northwestern and your earnest motivation to building not just a winning program but the best local Division 1 program;

3. Contact every former basketball player, poll them about their reasons for coming, staying and leaving Northwestern. Use that information to make changes to the program;

4. Make the facilities better and more attractive to recruits; and

5. Make Welsh Ryan a tougher place to play for your opponents. Hang the pictures of former Northwestern stars, play really "bad," but unique music.

[From daCoach] 6. Move the student section back behind the two benches. like Michigan and Michigan State - During games, their school colors stand out.

The key is recruiting and if B.C. is going to stay and improve the program then he's got to start being creative in selling and packaging the program.


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