- New Wagner head basketball coach, Danny Hurley (and former St. Benedict's Newark, N.J. High School coach) told Andy Katz of ESPN.com, "I wasn't looking to be a college coach. I wasn't looking to leave St. Benedict's. I loved coaching there, but I got caught up in seeing what teams like Northern Iowa did and seeing what Cornell did and seeing what Butler did and watching all these mid-major and low-major programs."
- Cornell Athletics formally announced the hiring of assistant coach, Mike Blaine with the following release:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Mike Blaine, who spent the last two seasons helping turn around the fortunes of the Maryland-Eastern Shore program, has been named assistant men's basketball coach at Cornell. Blaine rounds out the Big Red coaching staff under first-year head coach Bill Courtney and replaces Jay Larranaga, who was named the head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League in September.
"Mike Blaine brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience to our staff," Courtney said. "He is a tremendously hard worker and will have an outstanding impact on our student-athletes and our staff."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work at such a prestigious academic institution as Cornell University," Blaine said. "I look forward to working with the impressive young men in the program and helping Coach Courtney and the rest of the coaching staff continue to expand the Big Red's outstanding tradition of success both on and off the court."
UMES won 11 games and went 8-8 in the MEAC conference to finish fifth, nearly tripling the program's win total from the season before he arrived. Junior Hillary Haley was a led the team in scoring (12.4 ppg.) and was named to the all-tournament team in the backcourt. Blaine's responsibilities included working with the backcourt players, as well as scouting and recruiting.
Prior to his stint at UMES, Blaine spent one season at both Radford (2006-07) and Hampden-Sydney College (2007-08). He also has experience in the Director of Basketball Operations position at Army (2004-06) and James Madison (2003-04), spearheading the administrative efforts, as well as film exchange, academic progress of the players and team travel.
A 2003 graduate of Johns Hopkins with a degree in political science and sociology, Blaine was a standout for the Blue Jays. He ranks among the school's top 20 players in field goal percentage (seventh, .572), blocked shots (13th, 50) and offensive rebounds (17th, 105). He was part of teams that compiled 67 career victories, including a win over Navy that served as Hopkins' first-ever over a Division I opponent. Blaine received the Robert H. Scott Award, given to the senior student-athlete who best demonstrates excellence in athletics, scholarship and extracurricular activities.
- In roster report and transaction news, Penn trimmed its roster from 20 players to 18 players today with Tommy Eggleston and Sean Mullan taken off the roster. Mullan and Eggleston join Malcolm Washington as Penn's three non-graduation departures this season (9 departures at Penn in the last thee years). Mullan is expected to play with Penn's JV program. Also in roster report news, Dartmouth has made yet another roster change, dropping freshman David Eads from the team roster.