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Northwestern's Bill Carmody decision to come sooner rather than later

We still don't know whether or not Bill Carmody will be fired as Northwestern's head coach, but we do know that it won't take long for us to find out.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune has been all over the situation, and in his latest story - about how Carmody will soon find work in another job should he be fired - he indicated that we're very close to AD Jim Phillips' decision.

However Phillips decides — and most in and around the program would be stunned if Carmody is retained — Carmody can only hope the announcement comes soon.

"It's got to be tough for him," point guard Dave Sobolewski said Thursday. "(The coaches) don't know what's going to happen. We don't know what's going to happen. I think we'll know soon. I think Dr. Phillips will make a decision in the next couple of days."

Sobolewski said he had no inside knowledge but was basing his opinion on Phillips telling the Tribune he would take less time than last year's five-day evaluation.

Last year, Northwestern was eliminated from the NIT on March 16, losing to Washington in blowout fashion. We heard Bill Carmody would be returning for the next year in a press conference on March 22. If that was significantly longer than Phillips plans on taking, expect the axe to drop - or, you know, not drop - sometime this weekend, or perhaps at the latest Monday.

I think that's best for all parties involved. I, personally, can't take this anymore.

We'll be here, ready to talk about all the major implications for Northwestern basketball of whatever decision is made.

Other stuff:

- Rick Telander discusses the situation, and comes down Carmody

- Neil Hayes after Thursday night's loss.