Academic issues were the main reason
for the 2012-13 season, the Tribune has learned.
Subpar grades left Cobb ineligible for the fall quarter. And the talented swingman continues to struggle with left hip tendinitis -- a possible result of surgery in April of 2011 -- and was limited in summer workouts.
Carmody said he is encouraged by reports that Cobb has been attending meetings with NU's academic support team and is being "pretty religious" about rehabbing his hip.
"He has to get flexibility there," Carmody said. "He's a little tight in his hips. Now he's got a full year."
If Cobb -- an excellent passer who scored 24 points in NU’s loss to
NU’s first practice is Friday night and the season opens with a Nov. 13 visit from Texas Southern (and a Nov. 7 exhibition against the
"He's a nice kid and a lot of people on campus want him to succeed," Carmody said of Cobb. "I hope he gets it."
Even without Cobb, this NU team is like no other in recent memory. It's deep.
Barring an outbreak of food poisoning or the Plague, there won't be a game like last season, when the Wildcats went to Madison, Wis., with seven healthy scholarship players.
Northwestern has added five players 6-foot-8 or taller (six if you count redshirt freshman Mike Turner), and the perimeter is loaded:
"Sanjay -- you could go out and play with him right now," Carmody said. "He has a good feel. He knows when to shoot and when to cut. I wouldn't call him a natural, but ... I can put him in there and he won't screw up. He's not 'the show' and he realizes it."