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broadcaster, I just think about a guy
talking to his buddies and having a
lot of fun. I think Chris Berman and
John Madden are the same way. It's
been unbelievable. I leave the broad-
casting to the real pros in the busi-
ness. I think there's no doubt any-
body will tell you what you see is
what you get.'
Do I have my down moments like
anybody else? Yeah. I get a kick
sometimes - I'll be going on a flight
at like 6 a.m., I'll leave the hotel at 5
a.m. after having a game the night
before, and I'm just sitting there in
my seat relaxing and trying to take a
little nap and some guys will walk up
and say 'Come on, that's not Dickie
'V!'You can't be Dickie 'V!' Look at
you, you're sitting there napping,'
and I'm like, it's 6 a.m. what do you
want me to do'?' Because of my per-
sona, people expect me to constantly
be up, up and away. I think the great-
est thrill I have is being around young
people. They keep me energized;
they're so real.
Daily: Everyone knows your per-
sonality, but it seems like you won a
lot of respect over the years by
proving yourself as a college bas-
DV: I'm very proud of what's hap-
pened for me, nobody has made it
easy. I pride myself on studying and
really learning about the players and
what's happening. Like at Michigan,
I can tell you about a (Bernard)
Robinson or an Avery Queen or
(Josh) Asselin or Gaines getting in
trouble with Robinson. I do my
homework and I pride myself on that.
I think that's my responsibility, and I
think no question, that's been my
Carmody, Self join Big Ten coach
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
After guiding Princeton to wins
over major conference foes includ-
ing Florida State, North Carolina
State and Texas over the last four
years, Northwestern's new basket-
ball coach, Bill Carmody, earned a
reputation as a basketball wizard.
Carmody's effective system of
backdoor cuts and two-handed
bounce passes sometimes seems like
a magical transformation to basket-
But as he joins a major confer-
ence program, Carmody emphasizes
that his style of play, like any other,
still has to be run by top-notch ath-
letes to be potent athletes that
this year's Northwestern team lacks.
".It doesn't matter what offense or
defense we're running." Carmody
said. "We need to bring in some big,
"We're so small. We have one guy
who is 6-10, the next tallest is 6-7."
If tempering expectations for the
coming year is the goal, Carmody
might want to include that his small
team is completely inexperienced.
Following the transfer of four
players, Northwestern is left with-
out a senior on its roster, which fea-
tures six sophomores and six fresh-
Former Northwestern Coach
Kevin O'Neill darted to the NBA to
become an assistant coach with the
New York Knicks, leaving Carmody
to pick up the pieces.
The youthful Northwestern lineup
does help Carmody overcome the
"old dog, new tricks" syndrome.
Carmody said the team has caught
on to his system quickly. But they
don't necessarily want to be dubbed
"the Princeton of the Big Ten."
"Coach Carmody's style of play is
really unique," sophomore Ben
Johnson said. "It will be similar to
Princeton, but we have some guys
that can do some different things
than Princeton guys."
At present, the Wildcats still look
to be well below the level Princeto
reached last year, an NIT berth.
"You can throw out the cliche
that we want to play hard and pla
smart," Carmody said. "I don't eve
know the Big Ten. I'm just looking
at the Big Evanston.' We're goin
to try to show improvement."
Carmody will not be judged i
year one on his ability to turn under
talented Northwestern into NCA/
tournament wiz kids. Above all else
Carmodv must convince first-tie
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