Friday, September 23, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • The Yale Daily News published an article on some of the challenges facing student-athletes at Yale and in the Ivy League.
  • The Harvard Crimson published an article about a group of prospects visiting Cambridge this weekend.
  • In our continuing series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, we look back at the last time that Cornell played a nonconference game after the Ivy League season concluded. Heading into the 1988-1989 season, Cornell was scheduled to face Southern Methodist University (SMU) on December 27, 1988 in Dallas. During that 1988-1989 school year, the SMU athletic department was without a football team as their Mustangs' program was the recipient of the infamous NCAA "death penalty" for committing egregious recruiting violations. Nevertheless, SMU's basketball team was flourishing and was coming off a 1987-1988 Southwest Conference championship. But a massive snow storm forced the teams to cancel the December 27 game as the Big Red were stranded in a Chicago airport when their flight to Dallas was grounded. But Cornell did not return to Ithaca. The team continued it southern road trip and made its way to Duke where the Big Red were hammered, 94-59 on December 29, 1988 in freshman Christian Laettner's first collegiate start. A rescheduled SMU game was later played on March 6, 1989 after Cornell finished its entire Ivy League slate. The Mustangs won the game in Dallas, 67-59, and Cornell ended its season 10-16 overall and 7-7 in the Ivy League. Below, a clipping of the Cornell Chronicle shows the scheduled December 27 game with SMU. Also an A.P. article recaps the Duke game and Cornell's travel woes. Also below, the cover of Cornell's 1988-1989 media guide.
Below, our Tweets of the Day from the world of Cornell Basketball...


Anonymous said...

I know it's not who visits but who you get, but I gotta say that's quite an impressive group that Ammaker has over in Cambridge this weekend.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Many of those kids are visiting other Ivies in the next month. Harvard just chooses to put it in the media.

Anonymous said...

Criticize Harvard all you want (and yes, the key is who you get), but these kids are clearly considering Harvard with big time schools like Texas and Cal.

How many Top 100 players are visiting Cornell?

Anonymous said...

other Ivies ... like Cornell?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Cornell is involved with a host of top 150 kids, as are Princeton, Penn and Yale

The Domingo kid for example is the son of a Princeton alum. He will visit multiple Ivies in October and November. His next visit is Penn. But you won't find any of this in the news anywhere.

Another kid visiting Harvard is an EXTREME long shot for admission which other Ivies opted out of recruiting. Don't want to say impossible, but, 99.9 percent he doesn't land in the Ivy. Standardized tests are way off.

Just because Harvard is in the news (and its coaches put themselves in the news) does not mean you have the whole story and all of the facts.

In any event, Harvard is doing a great job recruiting. But so are other Ivies.

Anonymous said...

To be more precise, the article in the Yale Daily News is not merely about "the challenges facing athletes at Yale and the rest of the Ivy League." The article focuses on the hurdles facing athletes at Yale RELATIVE TO other Ivies.

The point of the story isn't that it's hard to be an Ivy athlete; the point is that it's harder to be an athlete at Yale than it is elsewhere in the Ivies.

While there is good deal of complaining in the article by athletic director Tom Beckett about how much more difficult his job is, the tone of the YDN piece is celebratory as much as it is anything else. Yale, with the highest Academic Index in the Ivies, won the second highest number of championships (7) last academic year. That's a triumph.

Moreover, Princeton, with the second highest Academic Index, took home a mind-boggling 16 championships last year.

So, in the Ivies, academics truly can be combined with athletics. But it's still harder at Yale (and Princeton).