Friday, April 22, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, Cornell's postseason NCAA Tournament Media Guides from 2008, 2009, and 2010. Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • Tonight is Cornell's season awards banquet. The season highlights video produced by SlopeSports will be premiered during the awards banquet. The video will be made available later during the weekend (and possibly as early as tonight) on The Cornell Basketball Blog.
  • Numerous sources, including Jeff Goodman of FoxSportscom, are reporting that Jim Larranaga, head coach of George Mason has accepted the head coaching position at Miami (Fl). Cornell head coach, Bill Courtney and Cornell assistant coach, Ricky Yahn, are both former George Mason staff members. Several George Mason beat writers and bloggers have already speculated that Courtney is a potential replacement target for George Mason. Under Larranaga at George Mason, Courtney was largely credited with recruiting the core of players that helped the Patriots to the 2006 NCAA Final Four. He spent eight seasons as an assistant and associate head coach (1997-2005), helping the Patriots to a pair of regular season CAA titles and four postseason bids, including trips to the NCAA tournament in 1999 and 2001. During that run, George Mason won at least 18 games five times and won 10 league games in each of his last seven years there. The 2003-2004 squad set a then-school record with 23 wins.
  • The Daily Princetonian published an article on the topic of the Tigers' booster club, The Friends of Princeton Basketball. James Lane ’92, president of the Club had this juicy comment,“It wouldn’t surprise me if the other schools are more aggressive in that area [regarding recruiting, facilities and attracting coaches and personnel] because everyone is always trying to catch Princeton,” he said. “Year after year there are flashes in the pan, but there’s this one consistent force in the national news in Ivy League basketball, and that’s Princeton.” Lane must have been asleep or on a deep space voyage during Cornell's three-year dynasty during 2008-2010 which culminated in Cornell becoming the only Ivy League program in the last thirty (30) years to finish the season ranked in the Top 25 and to reach the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. A message to Mr. Lane (who may have personal views which do not represent the views of his booster club): Cornell was not and is not chasing Princeton. The Big Red have already passed Princeton, broke the Ivy glass ceiling and set the bar to a new level. Now the rest of the Ivy League is trying to accomplish what was already been achieved by Cornell
  • The Staten Island Advocate notes that Allan Weissglass ('56) (far right) was inducted into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Staten Island's Hall of Fame. The Advocate notes of Weissglass, "After playing youth basketball at the JCC, he played at Curtis HS and eventually became captain. At Cornell University, he made the freshman team moving up to the Varsity in his sophomore year. That year Cornell won the Ivy League Championship and played in the NCAA Tournament. After returning to Staten Island, Allan coached such legends at the JCC as his younger brother Julian, Wally Kaner, Joel Cohen and Irwin Sherman. He also played in the Adult League until as he put it- 'it took me a week to recover from all the elbows and rough play of the others.'" Weisglass was a member of Cornell's 1954 EIBL/Ivy League Championship team.

1 comment:

pdlimm said...

Princeton fan here -- just stumbled upon this entry. That was indeed an idiotic statement by Lane ridiculed by a silent majority of Princetonians.

That said, only slightly less idiotic is that notion that "The Big Red have already passed Princeton" (how many titles do you have again? yeah, that's what I thought). Cornell indeed broke the glass ceiling, but that's about it for now. Win 20+ titles and nab a weeks-long Top 10 regular season ranking (not just a single hot weekend) and then you can claim to have "passed us."