Below, some news and notes. Above, some photos from the "transition years" of 2000 through 2002, Steve Donahue's first two seasons at Cornell.
- Some may not remember Steve Donahue's first two seasons coaching at Cornell. The Big Red struggled in a pair of dismal campaigns during 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, finishing 7-20, then 5-22 overall. During Donahue's first season as head coach, his Big Red squad was led by senior holdovers, 6'9" Greg Barratt (top right, above), a transfer and former member of the University of Utah Final Four team and 6'5" combo forward, Ray Mercedes (bottom left). The undersized Mercedes, a husky 230 lb. forward, was an honorable mention all-league selection during 2000-2001. In his second season, Donahue recruited and brought in highly touted 6'10" 250 lb. freshman, Chris Vandenberg (bottom right). Chronic ACL/knee problems, however, limited Vandenberg to just 15 games during his entire Cornell career. Donahue would not achieve a winning season in the Ivy League until his fifth year in Ithaca. There was hope for Donahue in that 2001-2002 team. Young freshman Cody Toppert ('05) and Eric Taylor ('05) showed promise. And sophomore Ka'Ron Barnes ('04) looked like a future star.
- By the end of this weekend, Cornell's entire basketball team should be back on campus. As for the class of 2010 alums planning on playing professional basketball, Jon Jaques and Jeff Foote have already made their trips over to Israel to settle-in. Meanwhile, Louis Dale tweets that he leaves for Germany on Saturday.
- Check out the future home of IvyLeagueSports.tv. We are wondering who did the voiceover.
- Nice job by Harvard alum, Jeremy Lin in the following Gatorade commercial.
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