Cornell's 2010-2011 online roster has been updated to include photos of each of the newcomers. Above, Cornell has had seven former players earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year, including four winners since 2003. Above, Cornell's four freshmen which are eligible for the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Award. Below, some news and notes for Saturday...
- It is hard not to compare the similarities of the 2010-2011 Ivy League preseason with those of 2007-2008. Back in the fall of 2007, Penn had just completed a three year run of consecutive Ivy titles and graduated several All-Ivy players (including Ibrahim Jaaber, Mark Zoller, and Steve Danley). In a similar position this season, Cornell has graduated several seniors and is coming off its own third consecutive Ivy League title run. The Quakers would finish the 2007-2008 season, 8-6 in the Ivy (3rd place).
- A panel of writers for Rivals.com weighed in on the best college coaching hires in the offseason and former Cornell coach, Steve Donahue is mentioned. David Fox writes, "The three best hires were Steve Donahue at Boston College, Fran McCaffery at Iowa and Brad Brownell at Clemson. McCaffery took three programs from one-bid leagues to the NCAA tournament. Brownell did the same with two programs. Meanwhile, Donahue had perhaps the toughest rebuilding job before taking Cornell to the tournament three times. I can't wait to see what these guys do when they have resources." Jason King added, "Boston College knocked one out of the park by hiring Steve Donahue away from Cornell, where he led his team to the Sweet 16 last spring. His work ethic will be refreshing for a program whose former coach (Al Skinner) had become lazy."
- Donahue's new school, Boston College received very strong academic rankings in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges. Specifically, B.C. was ranked No. 31 overall among national universities. With respect to Cornell, as we previously posted, Cornell was ranked No. 15 overall among national universities, No. 7 overall in Academic Reputation, No. 10 in overall educational value and in a straight survey of high school guidance counselors, Cornell was ranked No. 6 overall among national universities. Cornell also earned rankings as No. 10 in undergraduate business schools and No. 8 in undergraduate engineering schools. Additionally, Cornell's biomedical and agricultural engineering program was ranked No. 5.