Saturday, October 16, 2010

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Above, a February 1, 1946 issue of Cornell Alumni News featuring Ed Peterson on the cover in action against Columbia. Below, news and notes for Saturday...
  • For those interested in online video of next Saturday's Red-White game, details have not yet been released by either Cornell Athletics or Slope Media. However, while no determination has been made by either side, fans should not expect video and plan accordingly. Slope expects to have online audio coverage, at a minimum. Cornell's home opener at Albany on November 12 will have online video via the University of Albany Athletics website (take the link from Cornell's schedule on the right column of The Cornell Basketball Blog).
  • The Albany Times Union writes, "UAlbany opens the season on Friday, Nov. 12, at home, against Cornell. The Big Red got to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2010 NCAA Tournament."
  • The Hudson Record notes with respect to Zach Spiker's second season as head coach at Army, "When he was hired, Spiker retained the assistants who served under Jim Crews. He added former Cornell player Ka'Ron Barnes in December 2009. During the offseason he did away with the Crews' holdovers and brought in former James I. O'Neill student Jimmy Allen (from Averett University), Kevin App (from Cornell) and former Rice player Omar Mance."
  • Cornell was a unanimous selection to win the Ivy League title in the '08-'09 and '09-'10 media polls, receiving all 16 first place votes in both polls. Below is a look at the '07-'08 poll, before Cornell began its three-year dominance of the Ivy League.

    2007-08 Preseason Media Poll Results

    1. Cornell -- 119 (10 first-place votes)
    2. Yale -- 104 (3)
    3. Penn -- 97 (1)
    4. Columbia -- 80 (1)
    5. Brown -- 70 (1)
    6. Harvard -- 43
    7. Princeton -- 40
    8. Dartmouth -- 23
Twitter was the site of two items of interest for Cornell basketball fans this morning: first, Maryland Eastern Shore assistant coach Mike Blaine tweeted that he's accepted the second assistant coach's position under Bill Courtney, vacated a little while ago when Jay Larranaga left for a head coaching job in the NBA's Development League.

Blaine is a 2003 graduate of Johns Hopkins, and has been in the coaching game ever since. There's no worse time to have a coaching vacancy in basketball, but Courtney can now relax a little bit with his first practice scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night. When reached by phone Thursday, Courtney said he couldn't comment yet on the Blaine hire. Presumably, that means the paperwork is still being finalized on the move. Cornell has not officially announced the hire yet.

Another bit of news that Courtney can't comment on - for other reasons - is the verbal commitment he received from 6-9 forward Dave LaMore of Whitmore Lake, Mich., this morning. Like Blaine, LaMore announced his decision on twitter. Ivy League coaches don't comment on prospective recruits until their first-semester deposits are received by the University. Typically, that means April.

For Courtney, it means he'll begin his first practice as coach with five commitments already down in the books: Shonn Miller, a 6-6 SF; Devin Cherry, a 6-3 G; Galal Cancer, a 6-2 G; Deion Giddens, a 6-9 F and the 6-9 LaMore.

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