Thursday, February 3, 2011

News and Notes: Afternoon Edition

(Photo Cornell Daily Sun)
Below, some afternoon news and notes...
  • Brian Delaney tweeted that Aaron Osgood has injured his knee again and is not expected to play this weekend. Delaney added on his blog:
Cornell's Courtney: Osgood will miss Yale-Brown weekend

Cornell's 6-foot-9 senior center, Aaron Osgood, will not play this weekend due to a knee injury suffered in practice Wednesday, coach Bill Courtney said.

Cornell plays at Yale on Friday night, and at Brown on Saturday night. The injury means more playing time for 6-8 sophomore Eitan Chemerinski. Josh Figini, a 6-9 sophomore, hasn't played in recent weeks largely due to a thumb injury. But he will be on call this weekend in Osgood's absence.
  • A Harvard junior, blogging for Rush The Court writes of Harvard basketball, "Tommy Amaker...came to Harvard after jobs with Seton Hall and Michigan. His hiring represented a transition in Harvard’s attitude about basketball. The shift has been met with some resistance from other schools (namely Yale) and hasn’t evaded the press’ watchful eye. From my point of view, these violations are a necessary “evil” that’s a sign of Harvard’s progress. They show that Harvard is willing to push the envelope like a major or mid-major power (and if you don’t think every school has these violations, you’re naive). They come with going after the best prospects." The article references Cornell but erroneously notes, "Steve Donahue, coached Cornell to back-to-back Ivy titles the last two years." Of course, Donahue led Cornell to three consecutive Ivy titles, not the two as indicated.


Anonymous said...

Well, there you have it.

At least one Harvard contributor to a national basketball publication comes right out and boldly admits that cheating at Harvard is a "sign of progress", and further admits that it is "necessary" for Harvard to cheat in order for Harvard to succeed (or at least "keep up with the joneses") in basketball.

I guess he would also advocate changing Harvard's official university motto from "Veritas" (Latin for “truth”) to "Fraus" (Latin for "cheat").

Oh, they must be beaming with pride over that article in Old Cambridge.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or are more players this season getting injured during practice? Does it suggest overwork and fatigue that can increase the risk for injury?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I think it is just you.

We notice these injuries now because we are losing.

People forget how often Lou Dale, Geoff Reeves, Alex Tyler and Adam Gore were injured between 07 and 10.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see us "cool it" on this board about the Harvard thrashing. I am a Cornell fan but the Harvard accusations are getting tiresome. If they were truly major violations the Ivy League would have taken some action. Just look at the way the Ivy League jumped all over Cornell about its "enhanced financial aid" for students with special talents (Which included athletes).

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

First off, the Ivy League can't enforce NCAA Rules. So the Ivy League had no jurisdiction over the recruiting matters.

Second, the NCAA did investigate and concluded it was a "secondary violation." A secondary violation is defined as an "isolated incident." It it is not synonymous with "minor" or "trivial." All repeat offenses are by definition, "major infractions."

So, Harvard's violation was not "minor" or "trivial" it was just an isolated, but yet serious violation.

Third, Cornell's current financial policies did not and do not violate any Ivy League rules and the University received no penalty for them. Instead, the original financial aid plan was not accepted by the Presidents and Cornell modified it according to League guidance.

Finally, our posts on Harvard's violations (there were more than one, but all limited to one summer period), are very relevant and important.

We should all recognize that Harvard built its program around Keith Wright and how they recruited him (Kenny Blakeney driving 200 miles repeatedly from D.C. to Norfolk to recruit Wright during a non contact period).

Harvard also cutting a half dozen players on its team to make room for Amaker's kids.

Harvard also revamped its financial aid policies to the detriment and disadvantage to half the Ivy League and modified its use of the Academic Index allowing Amaker to recruit multiple 171 AI prospects, so long as the recruiting class has an average above 200. This is accomplished through adding "booster kids"-- D-III prospects that Harvard takes, then cuts or forces out after 1 year.