Friday, April 23, 2010

News and Notes: Early Afternoon Edition

Below, some news and notes...
  • We received a report that Kevin App is leaving Cornell to join Zach Spiker's staff at Army. App was an unpaid assistant at Cornell, spending one season on Steve Donahue's staff.
  • John Feinstein notes, "Cornell was NOT seeded ahead of a single at-large team this season [in the NCAA Tournament]. Nice job by the committee there."

April 23 (Bloomberg) -- Cornell University hired Virginia Tech assistant Bill Courtney as basketball coach, succeeding Steve Donahue, who left for Boston College this month, the Associated Press reported.

Cornell spokesman Jeremy Hartigan declined to comment on the report, which the AP said was based on information from two unidentified people familiar with the deal. Hartigan said the school would hold a 3 p.m. press conference at its Ithaca, New York, campus to introduce its new coach.

Courtney, 39, spent one season at Virginia Tech after eight years as coach Jim Larranaga’s assistant at George Mason University. The Patriots reached the semifinals of the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Donahue coached Cornell to three consecutive Ivy League titles and led the Big Red to the regional semifinals in this year’s NCAA tournament.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do we know how many years the Courtney deal is for?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Don't know, could only speculate. Doubt they would give him 7 years. Hunch is that it is 3-5 years. Five is pretty standard.

Josh Holman said...

Congrats on a great hire. You guys got a good one! Courtney has some great contacts in the DC area and I've never heard anyone say a negative thing about him (other than VCU fans).

http://www.themasonbench.com

Anonymous said...

Let's hope. No Ivy experience. He better be able to adapt to the Ivy League.

Anonymous said...

Is this a press conference or an Academy Award acceptance?

Enough. Is he going to thank the blog at some point?

Anonymous said...

Too bad App is leaving. Would have been nice to have someone who has been part oF the Donahue team.

Anonymous said...

Give me a break with Ivy experience! The league isn't some huge enigma that is hard to decipher. It isn't full of slow it down princeton offense anymore. Look at Amaker, he hasn't won the league yet, but he's not coming in last each year either.

Get over the no Ivy crap.

Anonymous said...

It's not crap. You're crap.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The Ivy is incredibly unique.

Besides the lack of scholarships, he must learn to deal with the Academic Index (something he has never dealt with before) and the peculiar back to back games and lack of conference tournament.

All of the above make Cornell very different than the ACC or the CAA.

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe that App wasn't at least approached by Courtney or Noel to at least consider staying? Wouldn't he at least be given the chance to move up from being a third assistant?

Anonymous said...

Did he leave by his own choice, or because he didn't have a choice? I mean, do you know if Courney or Noel even talked to him about staying? Wouldn't the ivy league be a higher profile then at Army? Could it be money wasn't there?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

HE ABSOLUTELY HAD THE CHOICE TO STAY AT CORNELL. He was discussing leaving before the hire was even made. The choice of the coach was a non-factor.

Cornell is higher profile, but with Spiker, he is working with his friend and a mentor.