College and professional sports are a “what have have you done for me lately?” industry, and Nevada Wolfpack head coach David Carter had done nothing over his six seasons with the Wolfpack, leading to his ultimate demise on Wednesday.
In 2014-15, Nevada struggled to a 9-22 season, losing their final contest of the year in the Mountain West tournament opening round by an embarrassing 21 point margin. The news of his firing broke just shortly after the contest which appeared to be the final straw for the head coach.
Over his six seasons with the Wolfpack, Carter finished 98-97, but was never able to elevate the program to the NCAA tournament. Instead, Nevada spent two of those post seasons playing in the NIT and never made it deep in the Invitational. Carter’s best season came back in 2011-12 when he guided the Wolfpack to a 22-7 record, going 13-1 in the WAC. Since then, however, the program changed conferences and Carter was unable to repeat the success he had in the WAC.
Carter has spent the past 16 seasons as a member of the Nevada staff and will now be forced to find work elsewhere. Still, the record says it all and Carter was unable to maintain the success of former head coach Mark Fox. Fox was the last Wolfpack coach to leading the program to the NCAA Tournament each year from 2005 to 2007.
Nevadas coaching search will begin immediately, but it will be difficult for them to make an official hire until after the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament seeing as many of their candidates are likely to be participating in “March Madness.”
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