Tuesday, April 27, 2010

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

I’ll let Andrew speak for himself this time. Here is what he has to say, “After much consideration, thought, and prayer, I have made my decision to attend Cornell University. I believe Cornell is the perfect place to pursue my basketball goals as well as receive a high quality education. I am looking forward to getting started and getting back into the NCAA Tournament next year! Thanks for all the support and prayers!”

So, it is official, Andrew has decided to attend Cornell University next year. The links below are from the website and blog that covers Cornell basketball (and they do so very thoroughly! You will be able to follow Cornell as they defend their Ivy League championship and make their way back to the NCAA tournament once again. Badgers fans beware!).



  • The LA Times explains that a former Cornell player, Alan Siegel, designed the NBA logo in 1969 based on a photo of Jerry West.
  • The Daily Cardinal recaps Wisconsin's season and its exit from the NCAA Tournament courtesy of a Cornell victory in the second round.
  • Time to give Louis Dale an assist. He's now on Twitter and reports in his second ever tweet, "Bill Courtney had his first workouts with the guys today..I watched and was thoroughly impressed. Can you say Cornell wins 4th Ivy in a row?" Rising sophomore, Pete McMillan agreed as did, Jon Jaques, in a word, "ditto."
  • Canisius officially announced what we previously reported, former Cornell assistant, Desmond Oliver has left Buffalo to take on an assistant role at Charlotte.
As Columbia Athletics continues its search to find a replacement for former men’s basketball coach Joe Jones, similarly vacated positions around the Ivy League are beginning fill up. This past week Cornell announced the signing of former UVA and Virginia Tech assistant Bill Courtney as the successor to Steve Donahue, who took an offer from Boston College after the Big Red’s upset run to the Sweet 16 this March. It was Donahue who lured Jones away from Morningside Heights to take the top assistant job at BC.

...The Big Red have won three straight Ivy League titles, amassing a staggering 72-21 record (38-4 Ivy) during that time frame and making three straight trips to the NCAA tournament. After first-round exits two years in a row, a veteran Cornell squad turned in impressive double-digit upsets of Atlantic 10 champions Temple and Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin in the tournament’s opening weekend. The Cinderella run captured the attention and the imagination of the college basketball world before Cornell bowed out to No. 1 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16. The Big Red finished the season with an Ivy League-record 29 wins.

Cornell, despite the loss of senior stars Ryan Wittman, Louis Dale, and Jeff Foote, returns several talented play-makers and can now lay claim to a level of recognition and prestige rarely enjoyed by an Ivy League school since the reign of Penn and Princeton in the 70’s.

All of this was not lost on Courtney when considering the job, and during his opening press conference Courtney was quick to acknowledge the role his predecessor played in building the program he now inherits.

“Thank you to Steve Donahue,” Courtney announced in his opening remarks, “and the unbelievable job he did here at Cornell, the shape he left the program in, the winning culture that he established, the guys he left behind.”

“The job he did here was tremendous,” he continued, “and they are going to be some big shoes to fill.”

Courtney also commented on the role his background as a player and captain at Bucknell, a member of the academic Patriot League, will have on his new post.

“It helps tremendously,” he said. “This is a special place. I think it’s an easy sell. What was stressed [at Bucknell] in homes was academics, and we respected everyone but feared no one [on the basketball court]. These guys are like that.”

Before taking the job as head coach at Cornell, Courtney held a position as an assistant at Virginia Tech for a year under Seth Greenberg. Along with brief stints on both the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth staffs, Courtney spent eight seasons working under Jim Larranaga at George Mason. Courtney was key recruiter for the Patriots squad that, as a No. 11 seed in the 2006 tournament, went on a miraculous run that finally ended with a loss in the Final Four.

In a statement, Big Red Athletics Director Andy Noel alluded to Courtney’s history of success and his prowess on the recruiting trail as key attributes in his selection as the next coach.

“Bill Courtney brings an array of qualities to Cornell basketball that I am confident will lead the Big Red to continued success within the Ivy league and beyond,” Noel explained. “His energy and enthusiasm are infectious, but his attention to the details of coaching and recruiting are what makes me confident that we have hired a winner.”

Columbia hopes to follow suit as Athletics Director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and her staff continue their search for the next Light Blue head coach. Courtney’s hiring serves not only to rule him out of any speculation but also to offer insight into other possible candidates for the Lions’ job. Matt Langel, an assistant at Temple, and Gary Close, an assistant at Wisconsin, were both reported finalists for the position at Cornell, and it is possible that they could be considered for the Columbia job.

Time will tell, as sources close to the situation have said that the Athletic Department is looking to wrap up the search within a week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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