Tuesday, April 26, 2011

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, a special 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview Issue published by the Daily Orange of Syracuse University which hosted the East Regional. Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...

Some tweets of the day from the Cornell Basketball family...
  • Colgate Athletics announced that Matt Langel accepted the head coaching position. Langel, an assistant coach and member of Fran Dunphy's Temple staff, coached against Cornell in the Big Red's first round victory over the Owls in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Just weeks later after Cornell defeated Temple, Langel was one of three finalists for the Cornell head coaching vacancy when Steve Donahue departed to Boston College. Bill Courtney ultimately received the job offer over Langel and Wisconsin assistant coach, Gary Close) With Colgate, Langel will have a much tougher assignment taking over a struggling program which has known very little success. A Penn graduate, Langel played for Donahue at Penn between the '96-'97 and '99-'00 seasons when Donahue was the Quakers' top assistant coach on Fran Dunphy's staff. Langel's younger brother Casey played at Colgate during 2001-2002.
Courtney loves Cornell, not planning to leave
CU basketball coach says he hasn't been contacted by George Mason

Cornell men's basketball coach Bill Courtney reiterated Monday his desire to continue coaching the Big Red, rebuffing reports and rumors that he was involved with the head coaching position at George Mason University.

Jim Larranaga, Courtney's mentor, left George Mason after 14 seasons late last week for the same position at the University of Miami. Almost immediately, Courtney's name was thrown around as a possible replacement. It was Courtney who recruited the bulk of the George Mason roster that advanced to the Final Four in 2006.

"No, I've not been contacted by anybody at George Mason," Courtney said. "I love my job here at Cornell. I'm looking forward to coaching the team next year."

Courtney was an assistant at George Mason for eight years, all under Larranaga. He added stops at Providence, Virginia, VCU and Virginia Tech before taking the Cornell job.

The Big Red finished 10-18 overall and 6-8 in Ivy League play in 2010-11. The program won six of its last nine games one season after graduating an eight-man senior class that won three league titles.

Courtney said he hadn't addressed what he called rumors and speculation with his team.

"My players haven't asked me about it, and I haven't really addressed it with them," Courtney said. "I think they're excited about next year, and so am I."

The Ivy League has been fertile ground for coaching turnover in recent years. The latest example came last month, when Sydney Johnson unexpectedly left Princeton for Fairfield. In his fourth season, Johnson led the Tigers to a share of the Ivy League championship with Harvard and an NCAA tournament berth.

Courtney replaced Steve Donahue in April 2010. Courtney has three years remaining on his current deal.

Harvard will enter the 2011-12 season as prohibitive Ivy League favorites. The Crimson returns its entire roster and coaching staff. Fifth-year coach Tommy Amaker reportedly turned down the Miami job to stay in Cambridge.

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