Friday, June 3, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: The '85-'86 Cornell Coaching Carousel

Above and below, archived news articles for our regular post series, Dates in Cornell Basketball History. On December 27, 1985, Cornell defeated East Carolina 54-53 in Albany, New York and clinched the program's first appearance in a championship game in an in-season tournament since the '67-'68 season. The following evening, Cornell would face the Siena Indians in the title game of the Siena Invitational Tournament. Just months later, after finishing the season 14-12 (9-5 Ivy League), Cornell's head coach, Tom Miller, resigned his position to take the head coaching job at Colorado. In response, Cornell would hire Mike Dement as Miller's replacement. At the time, Dement was an East Carolina assistant and had previously served on the staffs of Cornell and Duke. Dement would later lead Cornell to the 1988 Ivy League title.

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