Monday, November 8, 2010

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...
  • It its "Storylines to watch" feature, Rivals.com writes of the Ivy League, "What's going to happen to Cornell? The Big Red made a run to the Sweet 16 last season, impressing onlookers with their offensive capabilities. But coach Steve Donahue and four starter are gone, and it seems likely the Big Red are more like the Quasi-Big Red this season. Princeton looks like it as regained its stature as the league's best team, while Cornell should finish between second and fourth."
  • BloggerSoDear also added, "BC was the third team in the conference to make a coaching change, letting go of longtime coach Al Skinner in favor of Cornell head man Steve Donahue."
  • ACCSports.com writes, "...Enter Steve Donahue, a more high-energy, out-going personality whose Cornell team captured the nation’s imagination in the spring with a Sweet 16 trip to cap its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. A product of the Philadelphia area, Donahue spent 10 years at Cornell (146-138), with most of his success coming in the last five seasons (55-15 Ivy League). His preferred style does not fit the Ivy stereotype, as he loves to push the ball, and open 3-pointers — even early in the shot clock — are encouraged."
  • North By Northwestern provides its Big 10 power rankings and writes of Wisconsin, "The Badgers certainly were surprised to see their season end at the hands of the Cornell Big Red in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year."

"Above is a photo of Chris Wroblewski, the point guard who helped lead the Big Red to the Sweet 16 this past March.

This season, he will be the only returning starter, after eight seniors and the head coach, Steve Donahue, all graduated on to bigger and better things.

Now Cornell is left with a young, inexperienced, and slightly vulnerable team. Donahue left Ithaca to become the head coach at Boston College (taking Columbia head coach Joe Jones with him as an assistant).

The Big Red still are favored to have a good season, picked to finish third in the Ivy League this season behind Princeton and Harvard.

However, it is open season in the Ivy League, and it's up there for any team that wants to take it."

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