Friday, September 17, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • In Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated writes, "The Cornell squad that [Steve] Donahue took to the Sweet 16 was far superior to the one he inherits at BC, but its roster is far from barren."
  • Dan Froats of the Cornell Daily Sun writes, "Despite being presented with a Sweet 16 men’s basketball team, an ECAC Champion men’s hockey team and national-champion runners up teams in wrestling, women’s hockey and men’s lacrosse... Cornell fans have never truly established an all-encompassing culture of fanhood.­ The Lynah Faithful, however, is the exception.­­"
  • Jon Jaques ('10) attended the opening festivities for Israel's premier basketball league. Jaques plays with Ironi Ashkelon.

Cornell University basketball, lacrosse teams get new coaches

Football isn’t the only marquee program at Cornell that lost its coach during the offseason.

The Big Red was one of the engaging stories in men’s basketball last season, winning a school-record 29 games and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Steve Donahue parlayed that unprecedented run into a job at Boston College, where he signed a six-year deal reportedly worth about $1 million per season.

He was replaced by Bill Courtney, whose pedigree includes eight years as an assistant at George Mason before moving to Virginia Tech a season ago.

“We think Bill Courtney is a terrific hire,” said athletic director Andy Noel, himself a former wrestling coach at the school. “We’re very excited. We hated to lose some of the leaders and head coaches who have become part of our fabric and our family. Once that happens, you turn the page and find someone who you think will be just as good.”

Men’s lacrosse coach Jeff Tambroni departed for Penn State after guiding Cornell to three Final Fours in the past four seasons, including an overtime loss to Syracuse in the 2009 title game.

His decision was as much about family as finances.

Tambroni’s wife, Michelle, is a former field hockey All-American at Penn State and will assist with the Nittany Lions while they raise their three daughters.

“Jeff surprised me,” Noel admitted. “He turned their job down twice. He stated to me clearly that he was going to stay. When the Brown coach (Lars Tiffany) turned them down, they came back to him a third time. He did say no twice.”

Enter DeLuca, a Big Red assistant since 1999 and the associate head coach since 2007.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ben DeLuca step into that role,” Noel said. “He was the unanimous choice of anyone who had a strong opinion, of anyone in the country.”

And all these changes come on the heels of one of the most successful years in school history. In addition to the success of basketball and lacrosse, women’s hockey made an improbable run to the national final, and wrestling placed second in the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red wrestlers open the season as the preseason No. 1.

“I think the coaches that we recently hired predict as much success as the coaches we’ve previously hired,” said Noel, the former Big Red wrestling coach who is now in his 12th year as AD.

Cornell also welcomes men’s tennis coach Tony Bresky and women’s tennis coach Mike Stevens to the fold.


Anonymous said...

Christ, somebody PLEASE tell Jaques to cut the jew-fro and revert back to his senior year buzz cut.

The buzz cut is a huge reason why he had a breakout year.

Anonymous said...

He actually starting buzzing his hair junior year. Maybe he can't find a barber shop in Ashkelon?

Anonymous said...

Wow you must be a really good fan if you have nothing better to do than criticize the players' looks

case said...

this format is much harder to read,esp the blak on dark letters for the souce of the quotes

Anonymous said...

say no to the jew fro!

Anonymous said...

Btw, has scelfo gotten rid of the bieber/efron pre-teen do? He was supposed to shave it off, per Tarwater tweet.

Anonymous said...

the red highlighted comments are a good touch