Monday, December 9, 2013

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History.  Cornell's 1904-1905 team, shown here on the cover of the Cornell Daily Sun during December 1904, set a program record to start a season 0-10.  The 2013-2014 team matched that record this season.  Below, news and notes for Monday...

  • The Ivy League announced its weekly awards and placed Robert Hatter on the Honor Roll.  The Ivy notes:
Robert Hatter, Cornell (Fr., G - Houston)  
21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists vs. St. Francis (Pa.)
Wk 1 Nov 11-Tony Hicks, Penn/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 2 Nov 18-Sean McGonagill, Brown/Javier Duren, Yale
Wk 3 Nov 25-Maodo Lo, Columbia
Wk 4 Dec 2- T.J. Bray, Princeton/Wes Saunders, Harvard
Wk 5 Dec 9-Wes Saunders, Harvard


Wk 1 Nov11-Robert Hatter, Cornell
Wk 2 Nov 18-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 3 Nov 25-Leland King, Brown
Wk 4 Dec 2- Robert Hatter, Cornell
Wk 5 Dec 9-Spencer Weisz, Princeton 
  • BC Interruption writes of Boston College, "This season is more or less over before conference play has even started."
The [Marist] Red Foxes have one week to figure out how to shed their unfortunate distinction.  Marist, which will travel to take on the College of Charleston a week from today, is one of four Division I men’s basketball teams still searching for its first win of the season.  A 70-59 setback at McCann Arena against Manhattan dropped Marist’s record to 0-9 this season.  On Saturday, Cornell remained winless (0-10) with a 72-62 loss at home against St. Francis (Pa.), as did Tennessee State (0-10) after a 75-61 loss at Drexel. Grambling State is winless in three games this season, and plays next at Arizona State on Dec. 14.
  • The Syracuse Post Standard notes, "The Orange has actually played better against the 'name'' teams on its schedule than it did against the likes of Colgate and St. Francis.   Remember that 38-32 halftime deficit against Cornell in the season-opener?"
  • Former NHL super agent, Art Kaminsky passed away.  A Cornell graduate, his obituary in the New York Times notes, "He entered Cornell as a confirmed basketball fan but soon fell in love with hockey."
  • In his media conference before the Kentucky-LA Lafayette game, Rick Pitino told reporters, "Lafayette has pro talent, which is something we haven't seen from teams like Hofstra and Cornell and Fairfield. Offensively, they're a very potent team, so this should be a very fun game."
  • Division I teams with players or coaches with connections to Cornell include- Boston College (3-6), Army (2-6) and Purdue (8-2).  Boston College's coaching staff includes former Cornell coaches, Steve Donahue, Nat Graham, Izzi Metz and Woody Kampmann and former Cornell player, Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10).  Army is coached by former Cornell coaches, Zach Spiker and Kevin App (who also played for the Big Red) (Cornell '07).  Purdue's roster includes Cornell graduate, Errick Peck (Cornell '13).
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or        not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team     winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of December 9, 2013 is No. 334 out of 344 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 341 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 344. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.

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  • Below, a look at the "Cornell Coaching Plantations"  -- the men's college basketball coaches with ties to Cornell University.
    Jon Jaques (Cornell Class of '10)-Assistant coach at at Cornell. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue. 
    Ryan Wittman (Cornell Class of '10)-Graduate student  assistant coach at Boston College.  Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
    Kevin App (Cornell Class of '07)-Assistant coach at Army. Played for Cornell under Steve Donahue.
    Yanni Hufnagel (Cornell Class of '06)-Assistant coach at Vanderbilt. Served as student-manager at Cornell under Steve Donahue.

    Steve Donahue-Head coach of Boston College. Served as head coach at Cornell between 2000-2010.

    Zach Spiker-Head coach of Army. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue from 2004-2009.

    Joe Burke-Head coach of Skidmore College (Division III). He was an assistant coach at Cornell under Steve Donahue between 2001-2004.
    Ricky Yahn-Head coach, Concordia College of Michigan. He was an assistant coach at Cornell during 2010-2011 under Bill Courtney.
    Arlen Galloway-Head coach, Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 2011-2013 under Bill Courtney.
    Izzi Metz-Former Head coach Hobart College (Division III). He served as a Cornell assistant coach for five seasons between 2001-2006 under Steve Donahue and is currently an assistant coach at Boston College under Donahue.

    Nat Graham-Associate Head Coach (assistant) at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2005-2010.

    Woody Kampmann-Assistant coach/diurector of basketball operations at Boston College under Steve Donahue. Served as an assistant coach under Donahue at Cornell from 2007-2010.

    Ryan Woerner-Former student intern coach under Steve Donahue during the 2009-2010 season and assistant coach for Cornell's women's team during 2010-2011. Currently director of basketball operations at St. Peter's.

    Steve Robinson-Assistant coach at North Carolina under Roy Williams. He was an assistant coach for Mike Dement at Cornell for two seasons, including on the 1988 Ivy League Championship team.

    Paul Fortier-Assistant coach at Cal Poly. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell during 2003-2005 under Steve Donahue.
    Desmond Oliver-Assistant coach at Charlotte. He was an assistant coach at Cornell between 1998-2000 under Scott Thompson.

  • Throughout the year we provide periodic updates on Cornell's alumni currently playing professionally. Below, some updates: 
-Jeff Aubry ('99) (Halcones Rojos, LNBP Mexico premier league/Indios de Mayaguez, BSN Puerto Rico premier league)-A 6'11" center, Aubry splits his time in both the Mexican and Puerto Rican professional leagues. A well traveled pro player, Aubry spent several seasons in the NBA D League in the early part of his career with the Fayetteville Patriots and Florida Flame and earned honorable mention all NBA D League in 2002. Aubry joins Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) (Springfield Armor), Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10) (Ft. Wayne Mad Ants) and Cody Toppert (Cornell '05) (Albuquerque Thunderbirds) as Cornell veterans of the NBA D-League.  (Cornell's four NBA D-League veterans is the most in Ivy League.)  During his more than a decade of pro experience, Aubry also played professionally in  the ABA (Miami Tropics) and abroad  in Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, Arecibo Capitanes, Leones de Ponce, and Santurce, BSN Puerto Rico), Spain (Tarragona, LEB Gold Spain 2nd Division), Mexico (Halcones Rojos and Chihuahua Dorados, LNBP Mexico premier league), Poland (Slask Wroclaw, PLK Poland premier league), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Liga A Argentina), Uruguay (Hebraica, LUB Uruguay )and Peru (Alas Peruanas, Peru).
-Alex Tyler ('10) (Rockville Victors, Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League)-Tyler finished his rookie season during 2012-2013 with the Victors.
-Louis Dale ('10) (KAOD Dramas, Greece A1 premier league)-Dale spent his  first two professional seasons both in Germany's BBK Bundesliga, the country's premier league with Goettingen.  His third pro season during 2012-2013 was in Greece in the A1, country's premier league, with KAOD Dramas.                                         
-Jeff Foote ('10) (Springfield Armor, NBA D-League)-Foote is playing the 2013-2014 season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League.  Foote spent the 2012-2013 season with Zalgiris of Lithuania, one of Europe's top 10 teams and was named an All Star in the domestic LKL league, the country's premier league.  He also participated with the team in the EuroLeague.  Prior to the start of the 2012-2013 season, Foote played with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League and participated in the team's free agent mini-camp.  During 2011-2012, Foote averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor (the Brooklyn Nets' affiliate) after being named a starter at the D-League's All-Star Game during February and was named Second Team All NBA D-LeagueFoote finished the D-League season ranked 4th in double-doubles and also 4th in rebounds. Foote averaged 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 4 games for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets during a 10-day contract between March 9 and March 19. Foote was ranked by the D-League as its #6 overall NBA prospect.  During April 2012 he was profiled in a video on  He participated in the Portland Trailblazers' 2011-2012 preseason training camp and played the 2011-2012 preseason with with Zastal of       the PLK Poland premier league and the full 2010-2011 season in Spain (Melilla, LEB Gold Spain 2nd division) while on loan from Euro League powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel's premier league.    
Drew Ferry ('12) (Albacete, Spain EBA)-The 2013-2014 season is Ferry's rookie year in the Spanish league.
  • Below is a directory listing of some Twitter feeds associated with the Cornell basketball program.
-Josh Wexler ('88)
-Rich Medina ('92)
-Bo Buttenback ('98)
-Dan Wendt ('98)
-Brian Williamson ('03)
-Jacques Vigneault ('03)
-Cody Toppert ('05)
-Steve Cobb ('05)
-Ryan Rourke ('06)
-Andrew Naeve ('07)
-Jason Canady ('08)
-Khaliq Gant ('09)
-Conor Mullen ('09)
-Brian Kreefer ('09)
-Ryan Wittman ('10)
-Pete Reynolds ('10)
-Louis Dale ('10)
-Alex Tyler ('10)
-Geoff Reeves ('10)
-Jeff Foote ('10)
-Andre Wilkins ('10) (inactive)
-Aaron Osgood ('11)
-Adam Wire ('11)
-Max Groebe ('12)
-Chris Wroblewski ('12)
-Andrew Ferry ('12)
-Jonathan Gray ('13)
-Miles Asafo Adjei ('13)
-Peter McMillan ('13)
-Errick Peck ('13)
-Errick Peck ('13)
-Josh Figini ('13)
-Manny Sahota (former player)
-Galal Cancer (former player)
-Holt Harmon (former player)
-The Cornell Rebounders Club
-Ned Tomic ()
-Dominick Scelfo ()
-Jake Mathews ()
-Dwight Tarwater ()
-Dave LaMore ()
-Shonn Miller ()
-Devin Cherry ()
-Nolan Cressler ()
-Braxston Bunce ()
-Robert Mischler ()
-David Onuorah ()
-Robert Hatter ()
-Desmond Fleming ()
-Darryl Smith ()
-Riley Glassmann (recruit)
-Jordan Abdur Ra-oof (recruit)
-Pat Smith (recruit)
-William Bathurst (recruit)
-Jeremy Hartigan, Cornell SID ()
-Assistant Coach Jon Jaques ('10)
-Assistant Coach Mike Blaine ()
-Assistant Coach Marlon Sears ()
-Brian Delaney, ESPN Radio Ithaca ()
-Barry Leonard, Cornell Redcast/Play-By-Play Annnouncer
-Ed Boulat, Ithaca Journal
-Cornell Daily Sun Sports ()
-Slope Sports ()
-WVBR Sports
-Former assistant coach, Jay Larranaga
-Former assistant coach, Ricky Yahn ()
-Former head coach, Steve Donahue ()
-Former intern assistant Ryan Woerner ()
-Former assistant coach, Zach Spiker ()
-Former assistant coach, Nat Graham ()
-Former assistant coach, Woody Kampmann ()
-Former assistant coach, Izzi Metz ()
-Former assistant coach, Paul Fortier ()
-Former assistant coach Arlen Galloway ()
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    Anonymous said...

    From the perspective of someone who attended the St. Francis game on Saturday, it appears the team is suffering from a collective lack of self-confidence. As I watched Miller, donned in street clothes, shuffle into the locker room at halftime, it brought to mind a man attending the funeral of a close friend. I happened to see Jon Jacques in Wegmans early Sunday morning, and his face had the same listless expression.

    Anonymous said...

    It's disappointing to see that your response to Courtney's utter lack of accomplishments is to promote Donohue-bashing and apparently join those who believe that Donahue was overrated and got lucky when certain player or players fell in his lap, and that outside these coincidences & flukes, Cornell basketball is inevitably sucky so don't blame the coach. Really, really disappointed that in your fervor to defend Bill Courtney, you are basically now in that group. You call others bad fans for being appalled at Courtney's lack of production so far, and yet you the "good" fan has repeatedly bashed players and now thrown Donahue into the mix.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    Who is "promoting" Donahue bashing?

    Anonymous said...

    You are the one promoting Donahue bashing.

    You have re-tweeted several Donahue-bashing tweets.

    In comment sections this weekend, you have insinuated that Donahue as a coach could not have prevented our present situation because Donahue and Spiker have achieved only 1 post-season between them since they left, so they would not be a solution, so we should stop blaming our current coach. You follow it by retweeting several tweets bashing Donahue's performance at his current job.

    You have said several times that Donahue only won because he landed Foote, insinuating that he was a mediocre coach who only happened to land a great player, as if Cornell hadn't already improved precipitously before Foote even played a single game in uniform (I'm not denying Foote made us truly great; I'm just saying we were already one of the best teams in the Ivy before Foote ever played, and definitely better than what Courtney has produced).

    You repeatedly posted and tweeted about less than stellar parts Donahue's early years, as if he inherited the same talent and recruiting situation as Courtney, which you repeatedly refuse to admit that he was not.

    You lambast Donahue as leaving lousy recruits, which you claim contributed to Courtney's woes, when I happen to think Ski, Peck, Groebe, Wire, Coury et al. were rather lovely individuals who would play circles around the talented recruits that Courtney has failed to adequately train.

    And this is all quite light considering you have pretty much blasted the players endlessly, implying that they are simply too incompetent to carry out Courtney's instructions.Throw shade on everyone and everything but Bill Courtney. That's being a true fan.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    (1) Re-tweeting is not bashing or endorsing. It is just quoting, it is not bashing.

    (2) It is a fact, not an opinion that Donahue and Spiker have no NCAAs between them. Pointing out a fact is not bashing.

    (3) I never said "Donahue only won because of _____" Never said it. That is a false statement.

    (4) It is a fact that Steve Donahue inherited a Cornell team that was above .500 just 2 years before he arrived. It is a fact that Donahue was under .500 for 7 consecutive seasons while at Cornell. Not bashing, just pointing out facts which you choose to ignore.

    (5) I did not say that Courtney's players are too incompetent. What I said was games are won and lost by players and this roster doesn't have the necessary personnel (particularly among upperclassmen, i.e. Donahue's holdovers). Players win games, not coaches. In 2013, Harvard has the best Ivy players, so they win. In 2008, Harvard had bad players and Tommy Amaker lost. In 2008-2010, Steve Donahue had the best Ivy players and he won. In 2013, Steve has the worst ACC players and he loses. We can do this all day. Players win and lose. Not coaches. Coaching facilitates, but it does not cause 0-10 or 10-0 records. You need the players.

    Anonymous said...

    Dude seriously just stop. Why do you continue to do this in defense of this man?

    You keep saying "Cornell was over .500 just two seasons before Donahue took over," but the season before Donahue took over, the team were 3-11 under the previous coach and dead-last in the league.

    You keep saying "he stayed below .500 for seven years", while failing to mention that he improved steadily in KP and Sagarin rankings and Ivy standings for 8 out of 10 years.

    He inherited a team that was dead last in the league. For the first two seasons he finished tied 7th/last, then from season 3 onwards he continued to improve every year, and season 5 he broke into the top half of the Ivy, and in season 8 he won.

    Donahue inherited a 3-11 team that was 8th in the league. Bill Courtney inherited a team with Ski, Wire, a bunch of Div I transfers who had been regular rotation players in a sweet 16 team, and a recruiting environment in which he could boast of a sweet 16 run, and what did he produce from it? A team that has gotten worse every year until it is an 0-10 team that is bottom 12 in the nation.

    Do not compare Courtney to Donahue ever.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    And Bill inherited a team that lost 8 seniors, including 4 starters and 2 key reserves (Tyler/Reeves).

    Steve is a good coach, but a lot had to happen to make him win. And you keep ignoring FACTS.

    He did improve each year, but again, it took him 7 years to get to .500. SEVEN years. It took Scott Thompson (his predecessor), just 1 year. Scott's 1996-1997 teams was 15-11. How long did it take Steve to get there? A long time.

    And Steve has not won at Boston College. His only good season was with Reggie Jackson, a skinner leftover.

    The point here is... neither Bill nor Steve are basketball geniuses. Neither Bill nor Steve are terrible coaches. Both are good guys who have a lot to teach and offer. But without players, you can't win.

    Both are losing now. Because both lack talent.

    Anonymous said...

    Scott Thompson, Donahue's predecessor, was above .500 in his first year ONLY, then dropped below .500 by his second season, and the team was mess when he left (.37, 3-11 Ivy, dead last in the league) , and that is what Donahue inherited.

    Cornell might have recently lost a bunch of seniors when Courtney took over, but what Courtney inherited was not a 3-11 dead-last type of bunch of guys, and they were apparently better than anything Courtney has been able to produce so far.

    Your constant emphasis on how it took Coach D "7 years to reach .500" hides the fact that it took far shorter time to at least begin showing improvement. It might have taken until season 7 to break .500 but at least it took only until season 3 for him to show improvement and season 5 to break into the top half of the Ivy, and his KP and Sagarin ratings headed in the right direction from season 3 onwards, instead of taking a steady march south. Essentially, Donahue began to move in the right direction within a sensible period of time -- by his third year. Courtney, however, has just gotten worse each year.

    Courtney is a poor coach who is producing terrible results. These gymnastics with Donahue's record in a misguided attempt to make Courtney's performance look less terrible is a serious exercise in Kool-Aid imbibition. Courtney is doing very, very badly and in all likelihood it is because he is a poor coach, not because this is normal.

    Anonymous said...

    CBB has finally identified the reason why this team is 0-10. The Donahue seniors stink.

    Dwight is having his best season. But he is the problem.

    In the games that Cornell had a realistic chance of winning, Jake played no mins vs Loyola and Binghamton, and 6 mins or less vs Radford, Western Michigan, St Francis and Siena. His highest mins were 17 vs Colgate. But Jake is losing these games and he is the problem.

    Dom is avg 18 mins per game. He has contributed mostly with threes, but he gets hardly enough mins to make or break any game. But he is the problem.

    Oh by the way, the seniors have a collective assist to turnover ratio of 32 assists to 17 turnovers. If only they could play more up tempo and helter skelter, and turn the ball over more, Cornell would not be in this predicament.

    CBB advocated not playing the seniors this year no matter what. For the most part CBB is getting his way except for Dwight who is having a great year. But ya let's blame the guys who aren't getting 27-30 mins per game.

    Now if we can only convince the seniors to quit, Maybe Cornell can get onto winning.

    Thank you seniors for your loyalty and dedication to the program during your fourth consecutive rebuilding year. Now sit on the bench and be quiet and then go away.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

    Dwight and Dom are getting their points, but they are not helping where the team needs help. The defense from both has not been good.

    Yes, Donahue moved in the right direction each year. But that completely ignores the fact that it took him SEVEN YEARS to reach .500.

    So, I give him credit. But the situation wasn't so bad that it should take him SEVEN years to take a 10-17 team (the year before he arrived, and 5-11 just 2 years earlier) to .500.

    What did Scott Thompson inherit from Al Walker?

    He in iherited a 10-16, 5-9 Ivy team which lost several key seniors and a coach that had committed suicide a year earlier. It was a dark, dark time.

    Thompson turned Cornell into a 15-11 team right away. He was a FORMER head coach of Rice and Wichita State and was the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. Arguably, Thompson had the best resume of any coach at Cornell. A bout with Cancer shortened his career.

    If the CBI/CIT was in existence in 1997, Cornell might have gotten in (or at least been in the discussion).

    Billy '98 said...

    It's probably more accurate that John McCord's one Cornell season turned Cornell into a 15-11 team right away. Then they averaged 10-16 the remaining 3 years of Thompson's reign. I don't give Thompson much credit for the short "turnaround".

    BigRed1965 said...

    Talk about bashing? The negative remarks by Anonymous are tantamount to bashing. Coach Courtney impresses me as an eminently decent, patient, competent person. I am sure that his positive effects on his players are something that will remain with them, long after Anonymous remembers what the team's won-lost records have been. His team would certainly have won a few games if Miller hadn't been injured, Peck had been given financial aid to remain this year at Cornell, and Cancer hadn't quit the team. Yes, Donahue did have some miserable records early in his tenure, but he turned things around. Give Courtney the same opportunity.

    The Cornell Basketball Blog said...


    You can't discredit Scott Thompson because he had John McCord.

    Otherwise, let's discredit Steve Donahue without Jeff Foote.

    The 1998 team was TERRRRRRRRRR-ible until they landed Foote. Did you see the first semester defeats that year?

    Anonymous said...

    This is so disappointing!!! Maybe when the Cornell blog talks about players you should look at their stats based on minutes played not stats per game. I think you will see a big difference. We need to focus on winning games not weekly awards!!!