Wednesday, May 5, 2010

News and Notes: Early Evening Edition

Below, some early evening news and notes...
  • Dana O'Neil of ESPN surveys the "wreckage" of the college basketball programs in the New York City metro area. O'Neil writes:

    Throw out Cornell (which is 225 miles from the city) and Siena (a three-hour drive) and New York/New Jersey has been represented in the Big Dance just twice in the past seven years.

    Columbia hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1968; Fordham, 1992; Hofstra, 2001; Iona, 2006; Rutgers, 1991; St. John's, 2002; Seton Hall, 2006; and Wagner, 2003. St. Francis has never been.

    "When you start claiming Cornell and Siena as your New York City teams, it's bad," said Dick "Hoops" Weiss, the longtime basketball writer for the New York Daily News.
  • Ricardo Santos of WVBR writes, "I really miss Cornell basketball. As much as I love pro sports, watching the Big Red over the past few years has been an incomparable experience. I'm having some major withdrawals. It'll be tough, but hopefully the next couple of years bring as much success and pride to Cornell and Ithaca as the last few."
  • In an interview with New York Magazine, new Columbia head coach Kyle Smith had the following Q&A:

Did Cornell's Sweet 16 run make this job more desirable?

Somewhat, I think a little bit, Cornell and Harvard. I think Tommy Amaker figured out, it's a pretty easy sell. You're selling gold: An Ivy League degree is gold.

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