Wednesday, June 6, 2012

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Andy Glocker of writes about Harvard's efforts to rise to national prominence in basketball. Glockner notes of the Ivy League, "Ever since Penn's trip to the 1979 Final Four helped spawn an 'Academic Index', the Ivies have been happy being an anachronism, with a funky conference schedule, no tournament and no real hope of landing legitimate high Division I talent thanks to the academic, financial and competitive constraints every team in the league faces.  Almost despite itself, its self-regulation and, in several cases, faculty pushback against basketball commitment, though, the league has spawned a handful of very good teams. Two years after Princeton nearly stunned Georgetown in the famous 1-16 game in 1989, the Tigers were wearing white as an 8-seed. Then came two separate top-25 Penn teams, a top-10 Princeton team, and some years later, Cornell's breakthrough 30-win campaign that ended in the Sweet 16. These last two seasons were two of the strongest and deepest in the RPI era and generated very worthy champions."
  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) tweeted about his summer workouts in New York with Louis Dale (Cornell '10).  Foote will be a member of the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team in Orlando while Dale is expected to return for a third season with his pro German club, Goettingen.
  • Mike Weinstein, an AAU coach with the Joy of the Game club in suburban Chicago, told the Pioneer Local that one of his young prospects in his program reminds him of "Highland Park’s Chris Wroblewski, who led Cornell deep into the NCAA tournament."
  • On Tuesday night in the Puerto Rico BSN Championship Series, Jeff Aubry (Cornell '99) finished with 2 point and 10 rebounds but his Arecibo Capitanes fell to Mayaguez 94-68 and now trail the series 2-1.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you didn't quote the most important portion of the Sports Illustrated piece by Andy Glockner, that Harvard's success is due to hard work by the coaches, generous financial aid and "some tweaks in recruiting priority across the athletic department."

That's the explanation for Harvard's success: Amaker gets more low Academic Index admits than his seven League competitors do. In a business where "it's not the X's and O's but the Jimmy's and Joe's," Amaker is allocated by his athletic department a disproportionate share of the non-football low AI recruiting slots.