Random Thoughts: On Staff Changes

Northwestern's new assistant Basketball coach's background parallels the man he replaced, and Coach Roy thinks that's a good thing. There is another desk shift, and maybe more, up in the Football office, and it appears the Sun Times is choosing sides for 2006.

Tavaras Hardy as the new Basketball Assistant Coach...
Every time an NU player does something good, it helps our recruiting only if the NU tie is mentioned.

The last time I talked to Tavaras Hardy he was still an investment banker, and had his boss from J.P. Morgan with him at the Fast Break kickoff dinner. As you would expect from an NU graduate, Tavaras is an extremely well spoken, smart, impressive guy who represents the NU community well, and I'm sure has a great recruiting story to tell prospects.

He, like Craig Robinson, was originally recruited by a different coach, but wound up playing his last years under Bill Carmody. As with Robinson, Hardy was an investment banker in Chicago, while coaching younger kids in the city with a fair amount of success.

When I heard he was working on BC's summer camp and might be leaving the bank [thanks gocatsgo] I got excited because Hardy, along with Jitim, represents one of the reasons Chicago area kids should go to NU. Both are from the Chicago area, got an education, and are now working towards success.

I'm not sure their actions can overturn the years of harping by the Sun-Times about NU, but they're taking our message downtown in a big way. I'll take a Hardy and a Young over a Telander any day....
Changes at Nicolet:
If you check the official roster periodically, you'll notice a new title for Jamie Walker - he's now the Assistant Director of Football Operations. The assistant director is the guy who essentially works for the recruiting coordinator in keeping contact with prospects.

I'm sure the promotion, like Nolan Jones', was already in the works before Coach Walker's death, but the delay in posting the changes is understandable.

We're also hearing rumbles about prospects meeting with the "new" linebacker coach this week.

I don't claim any special inside knowledge of all this, but I wonder if the "new" linebacker coach was already on the staff. A review of the resumes of the assistants points out a former grad assistant, now coach, who has an extensive background playing and coaching linebackers.

But that rumor has been floating for a while. I personally don't expect any announcements until after this weekend.
One more Random Thought:
Its obvious that the Sun Times has decided that Notre Dame is once again the team to really back this Fall. They've even done a story about the "official" Notre Dame Tavern this past week, and seem to be gushing over the Irish at every turn.

I've got no problem with multiple coverage by the Chicago papers, just that they don't forget our little school up the road in Evanston.

Until Northwestern does something more spectacular, like make the Final 4 in roundball, or win the Big 10 Football title outright, we're going to have to share the College media spotlight in Chicago with Notre Dame, Illinois and the rest of the Big 10 because Chicago is a magnet city, attracting top graduates of all the Big 10 schools in the midwest.

I just wish the Sun-Times would take the automatic reference to the 3 negative things that have happened at NU over the past 10 years off the stylesheet, and start reporting on our #1 and #2 performances.

Our Student-Athletes deserve the positive attention.
-- da Coach

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