Friday, October 8, 2010

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, a 1997 Cornell-Harvard/Dartmouth program with Cornell's Mike Roberts on the cover. Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • In discussing the need for a lacrosse program at Columbia, Zach Glubiak of the Columbia Spectator writes, "Cornell proved last year that making noise in the tournament isn’t out of the question. The ever-present, two-headed beast that makes the Ivy League the Ivy League—stringent admissions requirements and the lack of athletic scholarships—seem to be less of an issue when only five athletes are on the court at the same time. At the end of the day, however, Cornell’s Sweet 16 Cinderella run was just that—an anomaly, a glorious intersection of fate, luck and talent that propelled an Ancient Eight program to the highest heights it could reasonably expect. The Big Red’s coach Steve Donahue acknowledged as much by leaving immediately afterward to take a far less daunting job, with far fewer restrictions, at Boston College."
  • John McCord ('97) opens his season with Strasbourg on Saturday when they meet French Pro A rival, Roanne. Above, a photo from McCord's ridiculous 26 point and 11 rebound effort for Cornell in a win over Buffalo on November 28, 1996.
  • Jeff Aubry ('99), above in action from his days at Cornell, is already 11 games into his season with Mexico's Halcones Rojos. He is averaging over 7 points and 7 rebounds per game.
  • Above, a 2003 Cornell-Columbia game program featuring Cody Toppert ('05) on the cover. Toppert is in action on Saturday with his Brittish Basketball League team, the Plymouth Raiders, as they face the Worthing Thunder in a non-league match. The contetst is part of the BBL Trophy tournament.
  • Louis Dale ('10) and his Gottingen club face Telekom Saturday in German Bundesliga action. Telekom features such former NCAA stars as Nic Wise (Arizona), Vince Yarbrough (U.Tennessee/Denver Nuggets), and Mark Tyndale (Temple).
  • Ryan Wittman ('10) and his Forli club of Italy's LegaDue take on Umana Reyer on Sunday.
  • Jeff Foote ('10) is featured below in a marketing video for his club Maccabi Tel Aviv. Both Foote and Jon Jaques ('10) (Ironi Ashkelon) make their Israeli pro super league debuts on October 17.


Anonymous said...

"Cornell’s Sweet 16 Cinderella run was just that——an anomaly, a glorious intersection of fate, luck and talent..."

Naive Glubiak.

Most of us who have been around awhile realize something very curious. In life, it is very odd. The harder you work, the luckier you become.

You ask the Donahue coaching staff and the guys from the Cornell basketball program about their work over the past decade that culminated in the last three years' run. They made their own luck.

Anonymous said...

What does everyone think of Lin's 7 pts, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal debut against the Clippers?

Anonymous said...

Good for Lin, hated him when he played for Harvard but I can root for him now