- Cornell's freshman are returning to their respective home towns this week after spending the last six weeks at Cornell enrolled in summer session classes. During the summer the rookies had the opportunity to adjust to Cornell and Ithaca, get ahead of their academic programs and work out together informally while also developing team chemistry and friendships among their classmates. The Big Red's rookies return to Ithaca with the veterans during the week of August 22 in time for the Cornell Rebounders Club team picnic, which unofficially kicks off the new 2011-2012 season.
- Jeff Foote ('10) was in action last night at the Nike Pro City League at Baruch College in Manhattan. Student Ivy League sports writers from the Harvard Crimson, Cornell Daily Sun and Slope Sports were in attendance. Foote unofficially finished with a double-double and dished several assists. (Photo, Cornell Daily Sun Sports Twitter feed). Louis Dale ('10), Foote's summer league teamate on the New York Athletic Club team was not in attendance and has returned back to Germany to join up with his club, Goettingen.
- Princeton Athletics' official blog, The Tiger Blog, once again discusses which was the best Ivy League team of the last 15 years and writes, "believe what the eye tells you. TigerBlog saw the Ugonna Onyekwe Penn teams, the Sweet 16 Cornell team and the late 1990s Princeton teams. He doesn't need any statistical analysis to tell him which team was the best. He'll take Princeton first, Penn second, Cornell third. The eyes have it." Of course, Tiger Blog watched those teams through his Princeton-issued glasses. The Princeton teams mentioned above never advanced past the NCAA Tournament's 2nd round and also never defeated a top 25 team. The Penn teams achieved even less, never winning a single tournament game, becoming a perennial "one and done" postseason club. But of the teams Tiger Blog mentioned above, only Cornell was voted at the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament as a top 25 team by the country's coaches (Cornell finished No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 Poll in 2010). Cornell was also the only one of those teams to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Cornell was also the only one of those teams to claim wins over two Top 25 teams (knocking off Wisconsin and Temple and nearly upsetting Kansas, the No. 1 team in the country in Lawrence). Thus, the best team "gets the job done" and in the end, there is no debating it, Cornell accomplished far more than those Penn and Princeton teams and will always be remembered by fans across the nation and the popular media as the most successful Ivy League team since 1979.
(Above, Slope Sports' Jake Mastbaum's collection of newspaper national headlines from 2010 after Cornell reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen.)