Friday, September 16, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday....

  • Some Cornell basketball alumni following graduation have pursued pro careers. In fact, Cornell has more alumni playing professionally than any of the other Ivy League school. But other alumni of the program have used their Cornell degree and pursued other careers away from basketball with recent alums venturing down professional paths in medicine, sciences, law, politics and on Wall Street and the business world. Above, just a few of the recent Cornell basketball alums.
  • Committed 2012 recruit, Nolan Cressler (Plum HS) Plum, PA, 6-4, G, will use his NCAA permitted official visit this weekend an attend Cornell's homecoming festivities. Cornell will also have several elite recruiting targets in the classes of 2012 and 2013 on campus.
  • Speaking of recruiting, here are some of the rankings Cornell's coaches get to throw around to prospective recruits. First, with the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2012 Best Colleges issue, Cornell is once again the only Ivy League school ranked in the top 10 for both undergraduate business (No. 9) and engineering (No. 9) programs. Notably, competitiors Harvard, Princeton and Yale did not appear on either ranking. Cornell was also ranked No. 15 overall in the issue (No. 9 in a separate ranking by high school guidance counselors), and No. 10 in terms of best financial value. And in arguably the most important category, Cornell was ranked No. 6 in overall academic reputation outscoring schools such as University of Chicago, Penn, Duke and Northwestern. See the Cornell Chronicle press release for more on the U.S. News rankings. Cornell also scored very high marks in the Newsweek 2011-2012 rankings, placing itself among the top universities in the country for "future CEOs" (No. 11), "best party schools" (No. 13 ), "best food" (No. 11), and "happiest schools" (No. 16). The Times of Higher Education ranked Cornell No. 14 in the world in its 2010-2011 rankings, meanwhile in the 2011 world university rankings released by the Center for World-Class Universities, Cornell was placed No. 13.
  • NBC Sports mentions former Cornell head coach, Scott Thompson, a victim of a fraudulent investment scheme designed by David Salinas, a Houston financial adviser. Thompson coached at Cornell between 1996 and 2000.
  • A walk-on at Cal scored a perfect SAT score according to The article quoted Cornell's Jon Jaques ('10) as responding, "I'd say Ivy League players would be very impressed. Guessing only a handful of current players in the league scored that high."
  • The Pittsburgh Post Gazette notes, "Not one WPIAL or City League basketball player in the class of 2011 signed with a Division I college, and that might have been the first time that has happened. But you will need two hands to count the number of Division I signees in the class of 2012. Three seniors already have made verbal commitments to Division I programs, and a few more have scholarship offers. The three players who have decided on colleges already are Highlands guard Micah Mason (Drake), Lincoln Park center Devontae Watson (Temple) and Plum guard Nolan Cressler (Cornell)."
  • The Jamesville Gazette of Wisconsin notes that Army received a verbal commitment from Tanner Plomb (East Troy HS) East Troy WI, 6-8, F. “I think the (basketball) program is on the rise,” Plomb said. “They got a new coach [Zach Spiker] three years ago that was an assistant at Cornell, and he has got the program headed in the right direction.”
  • Adam Wire ('11) and Aaron Osgood ('11), teammates on the Vaerlose club in Denmark have updated their blog, Danish Duo.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cornell should be justifiably proud of its engineering department, the top-rated program among the Ivies. There is little need to use carefully chosen words which have the intent to mislead.

To say that Cornell is the only Ivy to rank in the top ten in both engineering and undergraduate business is deceiving. Only Cornell and Penn even offer undergraduate business programs. It would be equally true to say that Cornell has the LOWEST ranked business program in the Ivies.

To point at Harvard, Princeton and Yale as being particularly deficient is laughable. First of all, Princeton engineering is ranked one place right behind Cornell. Secondly, an economics degree from any of the three is a more than suitable substitute for a vocational degree from a business program.

Cornell is an awesome school which does not need spin control on its excellent showing in college rankings.