Friday, October 14, 2011

News and Notes: Midnight Madness Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for MIDNIGHT MADNESS Friday... Pictured above and below, photos of Cornell head coach Bill Courtney and assistants Marlon Sears and Arlen Galloway while on recruiting visits to the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (the alma mater of Cornell junior, Peter McMillan).

  • A reminder, Cornell's Red-White Game, the annual open-to-the-public intersquad scrimmage is scheduled for October 22 at Newman Arena. The scrimmage tips off at approximately 4 pm following the home football game against Brown. The Red-White Game also coincides with the basketball program's Alumni Weekend where former players are invited to return back to Cornell. There is no expected online broadcast for the Red-White Game, but those plans could change.
  • The Trentonian previews Princeton's season and notes, "The Tigers also have two Ivy League games before the 16-day exam break and they are on the road at Cornell and Columbia."
  • The Providence Journal previews Brown and notes that former Cornell commitment, Stephen Albrecht, scored 20 points against the Big Red in the Legends Classic during the 2009-2010 season when he played for the University of Toledo.
  • The Duke Basketball Report notes that many of the ACC's newer coaches "earned respect by succeeding at lower levels of competition. BC’s Steve Donahue prospered at Cornell in the Ivy League"
  • NBE Basketball Report notes that VCU head coach, Shaka Smart, nearly attended one of several Ivy League schools, including Cornell. NBE writes, "As a high school point guard in Madison, Wisconsin, Smart was trying to decide between the likes of Yale, Harvard and Cornell (he was an academic admit to all three)."
  • Rush The Court notes of Cornell's upcoming opponent, Maryland, "While expectations for this season aren’t quite as high in College Park as they are in Pittsburgh, Maryland may also be dealing with similar issue on the inside at the beginning of the season unless they get a favorable ruling from the NCAA regarding the eligibility of Alex Len. The Terrapins were hoping for a decision today, but it appears that the NCAA had made no such suggestion and is “not anywhere close” to making a decision on Len’s eligibility. If Len is out for a prolonged period of time, we could very easily see the four guard line-up that Mark Turgeon referred to this summer because the Terrapins were going to be thin up front even with Lin and his absence only exacerbates that problem."

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