Cornell's first game in Newman Arena was January 6, 1989, a 96-70 win over Army. At the time, Newman's home building was referred to as Alberding Field House. Above, some game programs from the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons referring to the building's original namesake. Also above, a screen shot of the center court circle in Newman Arena circa 1990. In October of 2000, former President Hunter R. Rawlings III announced a major new investment in Cornell's athletic programs by Hank and Nancy Bartels, both members of the Cornell Class of 1948. They provided $15 million in endowment funds, as a one-to-one challenge match, in support of the athletic programs. The gift is on behalf of their family, including their sons, Ken and Phil, Cornell Class of 1971. In honor of their donation the Cornell Field House was renamed "Bartels Hall." Below, some news and notes for Saturday...
- If you have not checked it out yet, see Cornell's Official 2010-2011 Season Highlights Video as produced by SlopeTV.
- Back in the U.S. from Europe for the offseason, Jeff Foote ('10) has completed his rookie season with Melilla of the Spanish second division. The former Big Red center averaged 7.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor. Melilla did not qualify for the playoffs finishing with a 14-20 record and 11th place finish in the 18 team league. Foote is on loan to Melilla from Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv club, one of the elite clubs in the world and a member of the EuroLeague.
- The Washington Examiner comments on George Mason University's possible pursuit of Bill Courtney as its next head coach. The Examiner writes, "As for Larranaga’s replacement, consider Cornell head coach Bill Courtney a likely contender. Courtney, a long-time assistant under Larranaga, recruited many of the players that took Mason to the NCAA Final Four in 2006. After leaving Mason for Providence, Courtney coached at Virginia, Virginia Tech, and VCU, before taking over at Cornell last spring."