- We are told by a source close to the situation that it is still looking very likely that Cornell will add a transfer who submitted his application for admission to the University during April.
- Cornell senior, Andre Wilkins tweets, "I'm already excited to see what next season is gonna look like. Pretty confident in [Errick Peck and Pete McMillan] and the rest of the young guns." Other graduating seniors such as Louis Dale and Jon Jaques went so far as to predict a fourth straight Ivy title for the Big Red.
- In reporting on Dartmouth's hiring Paul Cormier as head coach, The Dartmouth reports, "The rebuilding process will not happen overnight, Cormier said. He added that former Cornell head coach Steve Donahue did not win an Ivy League title until his ninth year at Cornell. This past season, Donahue’s 12th year with the team, he led the Big Red squad to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament."
- Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com grades some of the recent coaching hires. He writes:
There were 50 coaching changes in the Division I ranks this offseason, and 46 of them have been filled already, so we figured now was the right time to give it to you straight on each and every move that has been made.
I remember giving out higher grades a year ago, but much of that had to do with the quality of the jobs that were open last time around. Most of the spots that opened this year did so for a reason — they are tough places to achieve success.
Here we go: Grades for all 46 coaching hires.
The Old: Al Skinner
The New: Steve Donahue
Donahue led Cornell to three consecutive NCAA tournaments, and his academic profile certainly fits at BC. The question I have surrounds his staff more than Donahue. He’s an Ivy League lifer, brought Nat Graham with him from Cornell and hired Columbia head coach Joe Jones and Niagara assistant Akbar Waheed. Sure, Jones was at Villanova — but this is a staff without any local presence and not much high-major experience, either.
The Old: Steve Donahue
The New: Bill Courtney
Courtney was key in putting together the team at George Mason that went to the Final Four, but he’s bounced around since leaving the Patriots' program. He was at Providence for a year, VCU for a couple months and most recently, Virginia Tech for the past year. Plus, it’s going to be awfully difficult to have to follow in Donahue’s footsteps after what the Big Red have done the last three years.
The Old: Terry Dunn
The New: Paul Cormier
Cormier, 58, returns to the place where he was the head coach from 1984-1991 and had two of the three most successful seasons in the program’s history. Cormier has been in the NBA for the past dozen years but will get another shot to bring the program back to respectability.
The Old: Glen Miller
The New: Jerome Allen
Allen got the gig after spending months as an assistant coach but did so due to the support of those close to the program since he was a star guard with the Quakers in the mid-1990s. Allen made a solid move with the addition of Penn alum Dan Leibovitz, who left his head spot at Hartford.