Friday, April 22, 2011

Coach Courtney on the Twittersphere

Above, a sample of some of the chatter from the Twittersphere about George Mason University's potential pursuit of Cornell's Bill Courtney as a head coach. As a word of caution, all of the above "tweets" are mere speculation. George Mason has not publicly identified a list of candidates, nor are there any reports that Cornell has been contacted for permission to speak to Courtney. On the same topic, the Daily Pennsylvanian writes, "First-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney may not be long for Ithaca. This one's very preliminary, but here's the theory, as per the Washington Post: George Mason coach Jim Larranaga is bound for Miami to take over the Canes' opening (You know, the one that Harvard coach Tommy Amaker was in talks for, but turned down). That leaves the Mason job open — and the Post's Matt Bonesteel (awesome last name...) lists the Big Red's Courtney as a possible replacement. Courtney was an assistant to Larranaga at Mason for eight years, and was key in recruiting the Patriots' 2006 Final Four team. I wouldn't take much from his one season at Cornell (seeing as there is a major vaccum of talent after last year's senior class left), but as the head coach there, he compiled a 10-18, 6-8 Ivy record. For what it's worth, he was able to beat Penn both times around this year."

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