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SportsWednesoay - September 6, 2000 - The Michigan Daily --- 13B

Paterno's worries
grow after 0-2

Kevin O'Neill, one of the most outspoken of Big Ten coaches, is off to the New
York Knicks for an assistant coaching position.
Sourcestern
llues new coach

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - It's.
been 10 years since Joe Paterno has
dealt with an 0-2 start, so he's strug-
gling to find answers.
"I've got to be careful whether the
other guys are that good, or are we
that bad'?" said the Penn State coach.
"I'm not sure."
Penn State's 24-6 loss to Toledo on
Saturday stunned the players and even
led to some finger pointing.
Tailback Larry Johnson, who
scored the team's only touchdown of
the season, questioned the play selec-
tion, and called the offense "too pre-
dictable."
Paterno wouldn't comment on
Johnson's remarks, but said there's
enough blame to spread around.
"I would hope we keep our dirty
laundry to ourselves," he said. "We're
all frustrated. That's why I kept my
mouth shut so I didn't say anything
I'd be sorry about."
The Nittany Lions have gained just
308 total yards -- 36 rushing -- and
scored I 1 points in two games. The
offensive line isn't opening holes, the
running backs aren't creating plays,
the receivers
are dropping passes and the quar-
terbacks are missing throws.
"That's the worst thing you can
do," Paterno said about changing the
offensive system. "When you get
licked, it's easy to try to find a cure-
all. There aren't any. Whether they
saw the same plays
we ran five years ago on tapes
doesn't make a difference. We had
opportunities. We just didn't exe-
cute."

Paterno said he will make changes,
particularly on the offensive line. Jor-
dan Caruso returns at guard after
missing the first two
games, but Joe lorio remains side-
lined with mononucleosis.
Rashard Casey's job as the starting
quarterback isn't in jeopardy even
though the senior has been replaced
by Matt Senneca in both
games.
"Rashard has been pretty good if
they catch the football," Paterno said.
"He's overshot some people, but
nobody is 100 percent. A
couple of those passes would've
kept the drives going. You have to be
careful how critical you are of
Rashard. He's doing the best
he can. He's not getting much
help."
Casey is 12-of-37 for 204 yards,
with one touchdown and one inter-
ception. Fans at Beaver Stadium
booed him throughout the
game Saturday, and cheered when
Senneca entered.
"A lot of the things that happened
weren't Rashard's fault," Senneca
said.
While many players displayed their
frustration after Saturday's loss, the
team appears focused on its next
opponent, Louisiana Tech.
"There was a sense of frustration,
but over the last 48 hours, it's
changed its tone," said defensive end
Justin Kurpeikis. "We've
still got 10 games left. No one on
this team is a quitter."
Tyler Lenda, a converted guard,
draws inspiration from knowing his

EVANSTON (AP)- Bill Carmody,
who posted a 92-25 record in his four
years as head coach at Princeton, will be
introduced Wednesday.as Northwest-
ern's new basketball coach, The Associ-
ated Press has learned.
He will replace Kevin O'Neill, who
resigned five days ago to take ajob as an
#sistant with the New York Knicks,
according to a source close to Carmody,
who spoke on the condition he not be
identified.
Carmody was not available for com-
ment yesterday. Northwestern athletic
director Rick Taylor was out of his
office, and a school spokesman would
only say that a news conference has been
scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.
"Our new men's basketball coach will
there" spokesman Kyle Coughlin said.
Carmody inherits a Northwestern pro-
gram that has had just one winning sea-
son in the last six years. The Wildcats
were 5-25 last season and didn't win a
single Big Ten game. Four players left
the program.
But Carmody might be uniquely quali-
fled for Northwestern's rebuilding effort.
He spent the past 18 years as either
the head coach or an assistant at Prince-
$n, a school that doesn't givs athletic
scholarships and has academic standards
as tough as Northwestern's.
In spite of that, Carmody took the
Tigers to the postseason each year.
Princeton made lie NCAA tournament
afier going undefeated in Isvy
League play his first two seasons, and
advanced to the second round in 1998.
The Tigers went to the NIT the past

two years.
Carmody's best season was 1997-98,
when the Tigers went 27-2 and were
ranked as high as No. 8 during the regu-
lar season. It was the highest ranking for
an Ivy League team in nearly 30 years,
and the 27 victories set a school record.
Before becoming head coach, Car-
mody spent 14 years as an assistant to
Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril. The
Tigers were 251-125 (.668) during that
time, winning four straight Ivy League
titles (1989-92) and seven overall. They
also lost four first-round NCAA tourna-
ment games by a total of just 15 points
using their patient passing game that
often led to backdoor layups.
The high point of his tenure as an
assistant came at the 1996 NCAA tour-
nament. Carril had already announced
he would retire after the tournament and
Carmody had been named his successor.
Facing defending national champion
UCLA in the first round, the Tigers upset
the Bruins 43-41.
It was during his tenure as an assistant
that Carmody got to know Henry
Bienen, now the president of Northwest-
ern. When Bienen was a dean at Prince-
ton, lie and Carmody used to play in
lunchtime pickup games.
Carmody played at Union College in
Schenectady, N.Y., graduating in 1975.
He coached at Fulton-Montgomery
Community College for a year before
returning to ion as an assistant coach
and junior Varsity head coach until 1981).
After spending a year as an assistant
coach at Providence College, Carmody
joined Carril's staff

APPHOTO
Joe Paterno struggles with latest drawback in Penn State football. The Nittany
Lions are 0-2 with losses to USC and Toledo.
father, Ed, played for two Penn State State finished 9-3. Ir, 1983, the Nit-
teams in the 1960s that tany Lions went 8-4-1 despite an 0-3
started slow and finished strong. start.
"They've bounced back in the past, "Everything is different," Paterno,
and I think we can," Lenda said. said. "It has a lot to do with the cal-
After starting 0-2 in 1990, Penn iber of team you play."

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