State coach Tom Izzo on Bill Carmody firing:
"You know, I understand we're in a profession where it's win or
not. I swear to God the guy is a hell of a coach and even a better person, and
I'm not going to get into all the logistics of everything because everyone has
got to make their own decision, but sometimes fate isn't with you. I've never
seen a guy go through more injuries to key people. I hope they know what
they're doing. I'm sure they do because he is a hell of a coach, and he's
really good for our profession. You know, he's been a head [coach in] the Big
Ten and I've had a chance to deal with him.
"I called him this morning. It saddens me, sickens me.
"I understand that -- I mean, [former Michigan State football
coach] George Perles sent me a note the first day I got the job, you will be
fired, it's just a matter of when, so understand that. I think there's a
reality and truth to that. It's a little different from last year's situation
for me. I understand some of it.
poor guy, about two or three times I thought had teams that were going to get
to the NCAA Tournament, and then the injuries just mounted up, and this year's
was almost -- it was incredible. So I feel bad. I hope he stays in coaching
because he is a hell of a coach."
coach Tom Crean:
first thing that came to my mind is when [defensive coordinator] Rob Ryan lost
his job with the Dallas Cowboys. He said he would be out of work about five
minutes. I doubt Bill Carmody will say that but that should be the case.
a great basketball coach. He's done a phenomenal job at the university. He did
a phenomenal job long before that. He should be one of the more higher demand
coaches. All anybody should have to look at is what Bruce Weber has done this
year at Kansas State after leaving Illinois. Bill Carmody should get the same
opportunity in some other league and I'd be shocked if he didn't have great
don't now him well personally but I know him enough to have great respect for
him. What I see on film and going against him, I have incredible respect for."
coach Bo Ryan:
"I know administrators have a profession, the university officials
have a profession, and coaches have a profession. So whatever decisions are
made in that profession, I'm not going to get into.
I can tell you this: Bill has not forgotten anything about the
game. He knows the game. His system is so tough to prepare for, and, you know,
he did a lot of good things. I know he's very well respected in the coaching
field and I know he's a guy that has done our profession a lot of good and he's
made us proud.
can say is I wish Bill the best of luck because I have a hell of a lot of
respect for him. [Some] decisions are made are made by other people, but you
won't find a coach that won't tell you that they respect Bill Carmody. They all
do, top to bottom."
State coach Thad Matta:
"Two things: Number one, I think Bill Carmody maybe has the best
offensive mind of any coach I've ever seen in my life. And the second thing is,
knock on wood, I think he could be the most unlucky with the injuries just in
the time that I've been in this league [nine years]. It is amazing to see the
things that have happened to his teams, and they happened in such a timely
fashion. I mean, I think we were No. 1 in the country a couple years ago, and
John Shurna runs into a basket support and has a concussion, can't play against
us, we go down to the wire, and he was playing at such a high level.
"You look at who could win and keep coaching those guys and stay
competitive with what he lost this year, it's mindboggling.
"You get to know guys, I think he's one of the greatest human
beings, and like I said, I think he can coach as well as anybody.
unfortunately that's kind of how this business goes. But I hate to see it. I
hate to see that happen to anybody."