Thursday, August 19, 2010

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, Cornell sophomore, Eitan Chemerinski. Below, some news and notes...
  • In previewing the New York metro area teams, Sam Blum of the Bleacher Report writes, "Columbia will enter this season looking at a whole different team. There will be no more Coach Joe Jones. After Jones left to join Ivy coaching counterpart, Steve Donahue at Boston College, Kyle Smith left St. Mary's to come east for a job at Columbia. As long as Columbia can stay defensive minded, Smith will have no trouble picking up where Jones left off, and he might get some wins in the process. They will return junior star Noruwa Agho, who might find himself the best player in the league now that Jeremy Lin has left Harvard and Ryan Wittman has departed from Cornell."
  • Buffalo Sports Daily reprints the official St. Bonaventure Athletics' release of the Bonnies' 2010-2011 schedule, which includes "a trip to Cornell (Nov. 19). Last season, the upstart Big Red, who were ranked No. 17 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll, won the Ivy League and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament." ESPN also previews the A-10 and picks the Bonnies for 10th place in the 14-team league. The Bonnies' talented 6'10" center, Andrew Nicholson, a player Cornell recruited, is among the players to watch in the conference.
  • Coicidentally, Rick Majerus' Saint Louis Billikins club is picked 5th by ESPN in the A-10 preview, which also happens to be a school which offered a scholarship to incoming Cornell freshman, Dominick Scelfo. Ironically, a visit to Saint Louis almost ended Scelfo's playing career. During a pick-up game on October 2, on his recruiting trip, he tried to plant his leg, but instead felt his knee collapse, tearing both sides of his meniscus. “I really thought that my basketball career was over,” Scelfo said. However, after having his knee surgically repaired and spending many long hours in rehab, Dominick was able to play the second half of his senior year of high school. After the trip, Scelfo made a decision. He turned down scholarships to Saint Louis, Texas-San Antonio, Samford, New Orleans, Tulane, Army, and Louisiana-Lafayette. Scelfo said, “My injury made me realize what can happen to any athlete. I want to go to Cornell because a solid education is something that will always stay with you.” So it is Ivy Leauge and not Conference USA or the A-10 for the point guard from New Orleans.


Anonymous said...

First, it's embarrassing that we're tied for 15th with Brown. Cornell gives you a top 10 education and experience but the administration is either apathetic or simply clueless as to how to position the university for a better rank. People who say rank doesn't matter are the ones who don't know how to get you near the top.

Second, when is Ryan Wittman going to get a job? I'm guessing he'd rather be in Europe than the D-League so he can make more money. You'd think playing for 2 NBA summer league teams would make him attractive but it also means he missed out on the main window for Euro teams to pick him up. Seems like every Euro team picked up their guys early in the summer.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell is ranked in the top 10 based on the "peer assessment/academic reputation" score.

Thus, in overall reputation, Cornell is a top 10 school and is ranked higher than several of the Ivy peers.

Cornell's overall ranking is most impacted negatively by the "Alummi Satisfaction/Giving Rate"-- which is scored based on percentage of alumni giving donations rather than total dollars raised. Public schools usually do not have as high of percentages as private schools in alumni giving.

This giving rate accounts for 5% of the final score, and could be the difference between moving up or down 3-5 places in the rankings.

Everyone places a different value on these rankings. It is good to see that that in academic reputation, Cornell is No. 6.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the athletics dept. experience millions of dollars in increased alumni donations last year due to basketball? You'd think that would've helped. But I think most of the data used in these things is from a couple of years back. (And honestly folks, if you're unsatisfied yet you've never given anything, give something if u wanna help. I think we're often like top five in total amounts given, but it's because of people like former Citigroup CEO Andy Weill or that Hotelie alum who founded Duty Free shops giving like $100 million at a time.)

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Again, the total dollars raised is not a factor in the rank. Instead, it just the percentage of alumni that give. Thus, the small, tiny, liberal arts colleges like Dartmouth and Princeton have an advantage in this ranking over the large semi-public Cornell, which actually raises more money each year from its alums than most of the other Ivies.

Anonymous said...

You can talk about individually ranked departments all you want, but in the public arena, the only number people will focus upon is #15 -- and that is just not "good" enough (relative to our peers, of course).

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the first poster who asserts that our administration "is either apathetic or simply clueless as to how to position the university for a better rank." The US News ranking is almost 30 years old now. The components which go into the rankings are fully spelled out. University administrators who want to "game" the system have been doing so for decades. Do you think that there is some simple button to push which Cornell has thus far not deigned to push? No, moving up in the rankings is a complex, gradual battle against competitors who are all trying to do the same thing. Good luck to us.

By the way, CBB, while I love a good spin job as much as the next guy, I think that it might be a little disingenuous to claim that we are "the only Ivy League school to earn national rankings in both business and engineering undergraduate programs." I am fairly confident that Cornell and Penn are the only Ivies to even HAVE undergraduate business programs. So your observation, while 100% true, is not much of an achievement, especially given that Penn's Wharton School is ranked higher than we are.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell and Penn indeed are the only two Ivy schools with undergrad business schools, which of course, also makes those two schools highly desirable for basketball recruiting prospects seeking management/business careers after college.