Sunday, January 30, 2011

News and Notes: Sunday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Sunday...

"In an era when Division I men’s college basketball is corrupted by huge television contracts, recruiting scandals, and star players jumping to the NBA, there remains one group of schools that has managed to steer clear of such pitfalls—the Ivy League." --Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League (2009)
  • Cornell's defeat last night at Harvard illustrates the negative lasting significance and substantial effect of the Crimson's 2010 NCAA recruiting violations under Tommy Amaker and assistant coach Kenny Blakeney. Harvard junior, Keith Wright, one of the Crimson players intimately involved in the recruiting violations, finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds last night guiding Harvard to its big win over Cornell (see the box score here). Harvard violated NCAA rules by recruiting Wright during an NCAA mandated "no contact" period. The result of Amaker's and Blakeney's conduct was Harvard having a several month head start on other college programs in courting, pursuing and recruiting Wright while he was in high school. The end result was a minor 2010 NCAA imposed penalty on Harvard, but the huge gain was the Crimson having the services of the talented junior from Norfolk, Virginia. Regardless of whether the incident was isolated or not, Harvard is benefiting in a huge way from its NCAA violation. Harvard alumni, boosters, public relations and administration would like to forget the incident, explain it away and/or pretend it did not happen. Perhaps some fans and media might even view this post as repeated and getting old "sour grapes" from a Cornell fan, but the facts are the facts and they deserve proper attention. Harvard violated NCAA rules in recruiting Wright and the junior is now arguably the team's best player, if not the Ivy League's best player. This simply defies any notion of fair play. In the words of former Brown and current Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson to the New York Times, "Wow. I would say that would give [Harvard] an advantage.” Absolutely an unfair advantage which is now paying huge dividends for the Crimson. From where we stand, this is akin to the steroid issues in pro sports, particularly in major league baseball. But hey, Harvard is winning games, the Wright way, but not the right way.

  • In attendance last night for Cornell's visit to Harvard: Steve Donahue (former Cornell head coach, current Boston College head coach), Andy Noel (Cornell Athletics Director), Woody Kampmann (former Cornell assistant coach, current Boston College assistant), Joe Jones (former Columbia head coach, current Boston College assistant).
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of January 30 is No. 255 out of 347 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or Jeff Sagarin rankings are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 217 in the nation, while the USA Today Sagarin rankings have Cornell at No. 239 Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
  • Game Recaps-Below are links to our game recaps from each of Cornell's games this season. Associated press recaps courtesy of are always available by clicking on Cornell's schedule/results on the right column of this blog.
  1. at Albany W 65-61 (video recaps)
  2. at Seton Hall L 68-92
  3. vs. Delaware W 75-61 (video recap)
  4. vs. St. Bonaventure L 54-56
  5. at Lehigh L 57-60
  6. at Boston University L 61-66
  7. at Syracuse L 58-78
  8. at Minnesota L 66-71 (video recap)
  9. at Binghamton L 68-69
  10. vs. Bucknell L 64-75
  11. vs. New Hampshire (@ VCU) L 66-68
  12. vs. Wofford (@VCU) W 86-80
  13. vs. Buffalo L 66-78
  14. vs. Stony Brook W 60-52
  15. at Columbia L 75-79
  16. Columbia L 66-70
  17. at Dartmouth L 57-64
  18. at Harvard L 57-78

Friday, November 12
Columbia 71 La Salle 82 Box Score - Recap
Rutgers 73 Princeton 78 OT Box Score - Recap
Cornell 65 Albany 61 Box Score - Recap
Brown 69 Fordham 65 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 13
Harvard 53 George Mason 66 Box Score - Recap
Davidson 64 Penn 69 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 52 Providence 87 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Quinnipiac 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 14
Cornell 68 Seton Hall 92 Noon [SNY/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court] Box Score - Recap
Princeton 60 Duke 97 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 15
Maryland-Eastern Shore 74 Columbia 108 Box Score - Recap
Yale 55 Providence 58 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 16
Brown 67 Rhode Island 92 Box Score - Recap
New Hampshire 55 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 17
Delaware 61 Cornell 75 Box Score - Recap
Holy Cross 49 Harvard 72 Box Score - Recap
Penn 54 Manhattan 59 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 66 St. John’s 79 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, November 18
Yale 75 Boston College 67 Box Score - Recap

Friday, November 19
St. Bonaventure 56 Cornell 54 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 71 Hartford 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 20
Harvard 75 Mercer 69 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 67 Brown 81 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 76 Longwood 95 Box Score - Recap
Drexel 77 Penn 56 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 21
Dartmouth 59 Loyola (Md.) 73 Box Score - Recap

Monday, November 22
Cornell 57 Lehigh 60 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 64 James Madison 65 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 23
Bucknell 55 Princeton 66 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Quinnipiac 69 Dartmouth 52 Box Score - Recap
Lafayette 65 Penn 74 Box Score - Recap
Yale 47 Illinois 73 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, November 24
St. Francis (N.Y.) 63 Brown 67 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 69 Bryant 66 Box Score - Recap
Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67 [at JMU] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, November 27
Brown 66 New Hampshire 70 Box Score - Recap
Army 79 Yale 87 Box Score - Recap
Colgate 63 Dartmouth 80 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 61 Boston University 66 Box Score - Recap
Penn 58 Pittsburgh 82 [] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, November 28
Colorado 66 Harvard 82 Box Score - Recap
Columbia 64 American 62 Box Score - Recap
Siena 77 Princeton 86 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, November 30
Cornell 58 Syracuse 78 [ East Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Maryland-Baltimore County 59 Penn 71 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 [Lafayette Sports Network] Box Score - Recap
Hartford 76 Yale 81 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 1
Columbia 68 Bucknell 73 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 53 Vermont 80 Box Score - Recap
Fordham 57 Harvard 80 Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 2
Brown 46 Hartford 58 [Connecticut Sports Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 4
Army 52 vs. Penn, 68 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 62 Michigan 65 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap
Yale 78 Vermont 82 Box Score - Recap
Brown 62 Maine 54 Box Score - Recap
Stony Brook 72 Columbia 73 Box Score - Recap
Cornell 66 Minnesota 71 [Big Ten Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 5
Saint Joseph’s 65 Princeton 74 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 6
Brown 64 Providence 91 Box Score - Recap
Albany 53 Yale 74 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 7
WPI 54 Harvard 69 Box Score - Recap
Wagner 71 Columbia 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 8
Princeton 64 Monmouth 61 Box Score - Recap
Yale 75 Bryant 53 Box Score - Recap
Villanova 65 Penn 53 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 11
Boston University 71 Harvard 87 Box Score - Recap
Bryant 72 Columbia 76 Box Score - Recap
Army 68 Dartmouth 71 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 12
Princeton 82 Tulsa 78 (2 OT) Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 14
Dartmouth 61 St. Francis (N.Y.) 69 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 17
Princeton 69 Wagner 57 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, December 18
Cornell 68 Binghamton 69 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, December 19
Dartmouth 42 Iowa State 71 Box Score - Recap
Sacred Heart 71 Yale 62 Box Score - Recap

Monday, December 20
Bucknell 75 Cornell 64 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 21
Army 88 Brown 86 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 67 Drake 59 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 22
Princeton 75 Towson 65 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 52 Connecticut 81 [SNY] Box Score - Recap
Penn 78 Delaware 68 Box Score - Recap

Tuesday, December 28
Yale 44 Stanford 60 [Comcast SportsNet Bay Area] Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, December 29
New Hampshire 68 Cornell 66 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Monmouth 69 Harvard 74 Box Score - Recap
Brown 51 Central Connecticut State 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 57 Marist 66 Box Score - Recap
Princeton 65 Northeastern 63 [at UCF] Box Score - Recap

Thursday, December 30
Cornell 86 Wofford 80 [at VCU] Box Score - Recap
Princeton vs. Furman/Central Florida, 5/7:30 pm [at UCF]
Columbia 74 Maine 71 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 57 Bucknell 74 Box Score - Recap

Friday, December 31
Bryant 71 Brown 84 Box Score - Recap
Lehigh 62 Yale 57 Box Score - Recap
MIT 58 Harvard 84 Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 2
Elon 70 Columbia 69 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 3
Buffalo 78 Cornell 66 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 47 Army 67 Box Score - Recap
Penn 62 Kentucky 86 [ESPNU] Box Score - Recap
Brown 67 American 77 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 5
Columbia 76 Lafayette 73 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 78 Boston College 69 Box Score - Recap
Marist 57 Princeton 68 Box Score - Recap
Yale 77 Holy Cross 76 OT Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 8
Stony Brook 52 Cornell 60 Box Score - Recap
Baruch 57 Yale 85 Box Score - Recap
*Harvard 68 Dartmouth 53 Box Score - Recap
Lyndon State 55 Brown 88 Box Score - Recap
Union (N.Y.) 59 Columbia 64 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 12
Penn 83 La Salle 89 OT [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 15
*Yale 69 Brown 64 Box Score - Recap
Harvard 67 George Washington 62 Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 75 Columbia 79 Box Score - Recap

Monday, January 17
Quinnipiac 78 Brown 87 Box Score - Recap
Dartmouth 64 Colgate 67 Box Score - Recap

Wednesday, January 19
Penn 56 Temple 73 Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 22
*Brown 51 Yale 59 Box Score - Recap
*Dartmouth 50 Harvard 59 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 70 Cornell 66 [Time Warner] Box Score - Recap
Saint Joseph’s 61 Penn 73 [The Comcast Network] Box Score - Recap

Sunday, January 23
College of New Jersey 40 Princeton 73 Box Score - Recap

Friday, January 28
*Brown 60 Princeton 78 [Verizon FiOS 1] Box Score - Recap
*Cornell 57 Dartmouth 64 Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Harvard 77 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 58 Penn 66 [The Comcast Network] [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

Saturday, January 29
*Cornell 57 Harvard 78 Box Score - Recap
*Yale 63 Princeton 67 Box Score - Recap
*Brown 78 Penn 80 OT Box Score - Recap
*Columbia 66 Dartmouth 45 [SIRIUS] Box Score - Recap

  • Throughout the season we will provide periodic updates on Cornell's eight (8) overseas alumni playing professionally. Below, some updates:
-John McCord ('97) (SIG Strasbourg, Pro A France)-Through January 30, the 6'6" forward and long time veteran of the European leagues is averaging 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Strasbourg sits at 7-9 and in 10th place in the 16 team league. McCord is a former 1st Team All Ivy League selection.

-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones, LNBP Mexico/Puerto Rico Basketball League, Arecibo Capitanes)-Through January 30, Aubry, who splits his time in both Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues is averaging 5.9 points and 7.1 rebounds with Mexico's Halcones (25-11, 4th place out of 18 teams) and 4.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Puerto Rico's Arecibo (22-7, 2nd place out of 10 teams). Aubry played several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career.

-Cody Toppert ('05) (Forli, LegaDue Italy)-Through January 30, Toppert, a 6'4" shooting guard is averaging 13.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for Forli. He previously played this season with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League before moving to Italy. Like Aubry, Toppert is a veteran of the NBA D League, a former Albuquerque Thunderbird. Forli is 4-13 and in 15th place out of 16 teams.

-Jason Hartford ('08) (Ginasio, LPD Portugal)-Through January 30, the 6'9" Hartford is averaging 14.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Ginasio is 6-7 and in 7th place in the 12 team league.

-Louis Dale ('10) (Gottingen, Bundesliga Germany)-Through January 30, Dale is averaging 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Goettingen is 10-9 on the season and in 9th place out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga. Goettingen also advanced to stage 2 of the EuroCup and is one of 16 remaining teams in the tournament. Goettingen is currently 1-1 in Group J.

-Ryan Wittman ('10) (Unsigned free agent)-Wittman averaged 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game for Forli in Italy's LegaDue this season. He is currently an usigned free agent after he separated from the franchise.

-Jeff Foote ('10) (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel Winner's League/Melilla, Spanish 2nd Division)- Through January 30, Foote is averaging 7.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. Melilla is 10-10 and in 9th place out of 18 teams.

-Jon Jaques ('10) (Ashkelon, Israel Winner's League)-Through January 30, Jaques is averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Ashkelon is 4-11 and in 9th place in the 10 team Israeli league.
  • Below is an updated directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program. You can also follow The Cornell Basketball Blog on Twitter.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Jon Jaques ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10)
-Max Groebe ('10)
-Aaron Osgood ('10)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Andrew Ferry ()
-Peter McMillan ()
-Errick Peck ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Manny Sahota ()
-Dave LaMore
-Shonn Miller
-Assistant Coach Ricky Yahn ()
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, Ithaca Journal ()
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports ()
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga ()

And a few reminders....

Visit The Cornell Basketball Blog's Community Forum and Message Board to interact with other fans of Cornell and Ivy League basketball. Membership is free! You may also follow us on Twitter.

Blueprint for Success, the yearbook commemorating Cornell's 2009-2010 season is now on sale and available for delivery. Visit the Cornell Athletics website to order your copy today! Or pick up a copy sold in the Cornell Store on campus.

Fans of the basketball program in the Ithaca area should not miss the opportunity to join the Cornell Rebounders Club.


Anonymous said...

This blog is going to become unreadable for anyone outside of Cornell homers if you keep repeating yourself like this. Everyone who comes on here knows about the recruiting violations, it's time to move on.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Disagree. The violations are now becoming relevant as Harvard has finally built its team based on the violations.

Anonymous said...

As a Columbia Basketball Fan, I wish to commend The Cornell Basketball Blog for its well-stated commentary on Harvard's basketball recruiting violations. Cornell deserved to win the Ivy League Basketball Title for the last three years because Coach Donohue and his staff ran a clean program. On the other hand, Harvard and its coaching staff merits nothing but condemnation for running a dirty program which violated NCAA rules. Frankly, I am astounded that the NCAA and the Ivy League have both allowed Harvard to get away with Wright's illegal recruitment. Are not the principles of fairness and integrity more important than winning tainted basketball games?

Anonymous said...

Seriously. Move on. Until we can beat Dartmouth, then we speculate about unfair advantages. Maybe we can talk if they manage to beat Princeton. Until then, let's focus on getting our house back in (competitive) order.

A better post would be to analyze Courtney's relentless cycling players onto the court, whether that has a role in our close losses. Followed by a post on Courtney's end-game coaching, and whether it has a role in our close losses.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first anon poster and I actually do consider myself a Cornell homer - CBB you really need to get over this as well as your need to respond to everyone who disagrees with you or provides any criticism regarding a post. You provide a lot of great information and posts and this has led to interest in your site beyond what I am sure you reasonably expected when you started this. You may not care but I think you do risk losing even the most faithful Cornell followers as readers if you don't provide some balance. Your feelings toward harvard are duly noted - but I am more worried about whether we will have an inside game next year to give us more balance on the court.

Anonymous said...

It bears mentioning that you have no way of distilling how big an impact this had on the recruitment of Wright. I have a feeling that he would've wound up at Harvard anyway.
So, even conceding the violations, the conclusion that "Harvard has built its team based on the violations" is something of a logical leap. And that's before you get to the multiple other players on Harvard's roster better than anyone Cornell has currently, players who weren't recruited illegally.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

7:16 anon: It bears noting that You are wrong on all of your uninformed assumptions above.

Anonymous said...

As a Cornell alum and fan, I'll still be rooting for Harvard in the NCAA tournament, should they win and represent our league.

Anonymous said...

Ah. Well, then. Of course I am. Well proven!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Not only your points wrong, they defy logic.

(1) Even assuming you were correct, that Wright would end up at Harvard "anyways" does that excuse a rule violation?

(2) How do you explain even the reason for Harvard to visit Wright several times during the "no contact" period if you are sooooo certain Wright would end up at Harvard? If Harvard was so certain of landing Wright, there would be no need to make those trips.

(3) You made assumptions that were just not based on any facts. Wright was very much considering other Ivies and non-Ivies. At no time did any public source articulate the ridiculous comment you made about Wright's pre-determined decision to attend Harvard. To the contrary, he used visits to look at other colleges and it was indeed Harvard's "head start" that built a close relationship for him.

(4) Once Harvard landed Keith Wright and Max Kenyi (both subjects of the violations) it gave Harvard some credibility and opened doors to other recruits.

Anonymous said...

The Pro Bowl bores me, so I'll bite:

(1) Um, is that the point I made? I didn't say that it "excused" a violation at all. Go back and read. I said that your statement, essentially that Harvard built its team on recruiting violations, is several steps removed from what the facts actually show.

(2) I'm not soooo certain he would've ended up there anyway, but you certainly can't say it isn't possible. And you also can't say that just because Amaker's guys made multiple visits, that he wasn't going to wind up there anyway. All that actually shows is that they really wanted him, and that they paid little regard for a number of rules in the process in recruiting him. I'm happy to concede both those points.

(3) Again, you're arguing against a statement I didn't make. You're doing a great job boxing a straw man you've set up. Golf clap. But I never said it was "pre-determined." I merely said I think there's a good chance he would've wound up in Cambridge anyway. If you can point me to something that shows conclusively that this wasn't the case, I'd love to see it.

(4) Your assumption here, that these two recruits were the definitive sources of ANY credibility Harvard built up, from that class or the previous one, is a bit dubious.

It's your blog, you're welcome to whine about this for years and years. And there's merit to some of it, obviously. The recruiting violations, however minor, are bad for a league with a pristine reputation. And they did confer Harvard with an advantage it did not deserve. I do think that your assessment of the magnitude and impact of that advantage is questionable. And I do think that your fixation on this event will grow sadder with the passage of weeks, let alone years, given that your audience is well aware of the violations to begin with.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Let's just recap: You have presented no facts which contradict anything above.

Further, you have in no way explained how this violation is anything different than what occurred at Auburn or anywhere else. An unfair advantage was created to lure a player to Harvard. The NCAA ruled a violation. Wright is now there and is their best player.

NCAA Rules are created to prevent unfair advantages. Harvard cheated those rules to the Ivies detriment.

Nothing reported by the CBB was false or inaccurate.

If 2-3 readers choose to comment on the post because they don't care about the violations, that is their choice/opinion.

We choose to stick with the story and will continue to do so. If you aren't interested in reading it, feel free to move on.

Anonymous said...

seriously why are we talking about harvard so much. let's talk about what steps Cornell has to take to get out of last place. We can whine all we want about Harvard but that isn't getting us out of the cellar.

Anonymous said...

what other schools were recruiting Wright?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

All of the Ivies except Cornell and Yale-- and Furman, Davidson, Lehigh, Colgate and Bucknell were the biggest suitors. Penn was all over him. At the time, Davidson still had Steph Curry and was a big big name.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Cornell fan but don't think it's fair to compare Harvard to Auburn or other schools with well-publicized recruiting violations. The NCAA looked into Harvard, found them initially innocent of anything worth more than a "minor infraction" that was not worth penalizing them for.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

This is incorrect.

First, let us stick with the actual legal terminology here.

The NCAA did not initially rule Harvard "innocent."

Note: the term "innocent" is not applicable here, this is not a criminal proceeding, parties are "in compliance" or have committed "infractions" i.e. violations.

The only finding by the NCAA was an infraction. The finding was made in 2010.

Harvard's violation was not ruled "minor" rather, the violation was ruled to be an "isoldated" incident, meaning it was not a repeat event. The Kenyi and Wright situations were found to occur only during 2007 and not prior. Thus, as an "isolated" incident, it was automatically relegated a "Secondary Violation."

If Harvard is found to engage in this again, the violation(s) can be escalated.

Harvard news media, especially the student media, made several errors when reporting this news.

Anonymous said...

Wright isn't the best player on the Harvard team. I'd argue that Casey and Curry are better players. Rivard may soon surpass Wright as well.
Cornell's Basketball house violates league rules, but that doesn't help your obsession with Amaker.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Look at yourself in the mirror sometime.

Anonymous said...

Successful recruiting is ALWAYS based on a coaching staff establishing a relationship with a player. When you violate the rules to better establish that relationship between coach and player BEFORE other coaches have the same chance, there is nothing minor about the infraction. In fact, the entire reason the NCAA limits contacts with players is because the NCAA knows how important it is to have a level playing field when establishing that player/coach relationship in recruiting.

Harvard violated the rules soely to get ahead of other coaches in establishing that relationship. Its violation is magnified when the player is a POY caliber Big in the Ivy League because, as Cornell knows, it is difficult to find quality Bigs to play in the Ivy League. That's also why fair recruitment and development of a project like Foote makes the league championships and NCAA runs so much more meaningful. And that is the higher ground the the Ivy League has always espoused. So, this type of violation is a big deal in the Ivy League given that the standards are supposed to be different.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The "house" does not violate league rules.

Anonymous said...

The facts are that each Ivy school self-reports an average of 15-20 secondary violations each year. Thats 120-160 combined for the 8 schools in 1 year. 3 years ago gives us roughly 360-480 total for the league. And 1 person in particular is obsessed with 1 of them.

Lets talk about the 45-60 that Cornell has submitted over this time frame (strictly on the law of averages).

Ah, we can't talk about them because we don't know what they are. Because they are secondary and don't matter (unless you are nuts). Basketball is different because of the media focus. Its the only reason this has seen the light of day.


The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Clearly you are unfamiliar with the legal practice involving administrative law within the NCAA.

There are different types of secondary violations and some are much more serious than others.

This violation was in connection with recruiting, which is very rare in the Ivy League, and was intentional.

The issue was so significant that the NCAA followed the matter for TWO (2) years after its occurrence.

It was deemed "secondary" ONLY because it was an "isolated" incident, meaning the activity was limited to a 2-3 month window and was not an ongoing activity for year(s).

The only people that are yawning are Harvard boosters, and we are enjoying looking at the IP addresses for the majority of our comments.

Anonymous said...

Hey Yawn,

who cares about violations in other sports, we are talking about violations in basketball