Hahahaha, they're never gonna believe that, but whatever: So Northwestern, UCLA, and Minnesota all fired their coaches in the same week-and-a-half span, and Northwestern's coaching search was the easiest and best received of the three.
Does that indicate Northwestern will be more successful than UCLA or Minnesota? No, of course not. In fact, both those teams had more success this year than Northwestern has had in the history of its program. And there's obviously a large possibility their coach - or as-of-yet unselected coach, in Minnesota's case - turns out to be better at his job than Chris Collins, who is unproven as a head coach.
But all three teams made a decision to change something about their program, and Northwestern was the only one that seemed to approach the situation realistically - and the only one that hasn't been panned by its fanbase. Which is a pleasant surprise - things don't normally, you know, work out for Northwestern basketball, especially not in comparison to UCLA.
(I would take a look at the coaching hires at Texas Tech and USC, the other two major conference teams who axed their coaches, but both of those have been longer brewing and haven't been decisively negative or positive - and both previous coaches deserved to be fired several times over.)
Let's take a look at how each did:
Speculated about Shaka Smart
Were, like, sort of ragged on by a whole bunch of people
Bruins Nation called coaching search "bungled"
Bruins Nation criticized AD's press conference justifying the hiring
Everybody is perplexed.
Fired Tubby Smith, with some outraged and some supportive
Same story as UCLA
Jim Molinari reportedly being considered
LOL RT @mengus22: Minnesota canned Tubby to get Jim Molinari?— FrothyGopher (@FrothyGopher) March 29, 2013
hahahaha please let this Gopher coaching search go on for another few weeks. please.— Loretta8 (@Loretta8_SoP) March 29, 2013
And we still don't have a coach here, so who knows how fans will react to whoever is eventually hired.
Like I said, this all means nothing. But still, weird to see, right? NU fans should continue to be pretty pleased - and some combination of surprised and impressed - with the smoothness of how things went, compared to how other schools dealt with the same issue.