Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cressler Leaving Cornell


Nolan Cressler is transferring per reports from the Pittsburgh Tribune and Pitt's Rivals.com site.  Feel free to comment below to this post.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm, sounds like some of the rumblings about players not being happy are perhaps true?

Anonymous said...

The only thing shocking about this is that some people are surprised.

Anonymous said...

Cressler is the fifth player to quit the program under Bill Courtney. Enough is enough. This NEEDS to be the final straw. If we can get Donahue or at least a coach with creditability hired fast enough we might be able to prevent Cressler's permanent leave from the program.

Anonymous said...

who the hell would be happy playing for an incompetent coach who has no ability to coach a game or develop talent?

2 wins. 2 f-ing wins. This was 100% on Bill.

Anonymous said...

If Bill is not fired this year Cornell needs to look at firing Andy Noel for running a sweet 16 program into the ground. Complacency has found its way into the majority of Cornell varsity programs.. Bill is the first that needs to go!

Anonymous said...

If anybody knew what was really going on within the program, they would learn that none of the players are happy! Way to go Andy Noel, it's starts from the very top

Anonymous said...

Bill Courtney has been showing us ugly, senseless games since year 1. Each year we are in agony, only to see it get worse the next year, until we were finally one of the absolute worst teams in the country. We have now lost 5 players under him; if this isn't a sign that the players aren't satisfied then I don't know what is.

Anonymous said...

No way.... NO WAY!! This is terrible. Cancer was a big loss, but now Cressler...

Anonymous said...

To the previous comment, clearly the players hate playing for Bill. No team that likes playing for their coach goes 1-13 in league play...

Anonymous said...

Terrible loss. For long stretches of games and the season Cresssler WAS the team's offense. For what it's worth, I would love to see him playing Ryan Wittman's role in Donohue's offense. Now that would be nice.

Anonymous said...

"Wait until Bill has all his guys, guys!" Do we have to start waiting again now that half his guys have left? When is BC ready - four years from now? How many players and games do we have to lose?

Fire the darn man, and if he doesn't go, then Noel needs to be shown the door.

Accountability. Someone needs to be held accountable for failure.

Cressler is making the most out of a horrible situation. Nothing but respect to the young man dealt a bad hand of cards. Good luck to all the other players on the team. Know that the fans support you!

Anonymous said...

Do we know the reason why he left?

Was he just unhappy at Cornell? Was he unhappy with the staff/team?

Or was he just being targetted by BCS schools and wanted to spend his last two years of eligibility at one of them?

Anonymous said...

When he committed to Cornell he tweeted it was the best day of his basketball life. Sad day for Nolan. Can't be easy walking away from an Ivy degree. Wish him, and the seniors who absolutely held this team together this past year, the very best.

Anonymous said...

Andy please call Donahue now, save the program!

Anonymous said...

I know that everyone is calling for Donohue to be hired back. However, would he even have a team to coach?

It is realistic to believe that with such a bad season behind us that if a new coach is hired a lot, if not most, of the players who were recruited by Courtney would take the opportunity to leave the program with no strings.

I could see those recruited this year looking elsewhere, the current freshman seeking other opportunities, those who would be seniors such as Cherry, Lamore and Giddens, who is injured, packing their bags for what may be greener grass. Not to mention, Miller who has two years of eligibility left.

I hate to say it but Nolan may be the domino that starts the fall.

Anonymous said...

Does Cressler have to sit out a year?

Rich Shapiro said...

As someone else said, this has to be the final straw.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, Nolan will have to sit out a year if he transfers within Division I.

Anonymous said...

"for running a sweet 16 program into the ground"

OK, we can agree Courtney is terrible but let's not pretend that making the Sweet 16 once makes one a "Sweet 16 program". To me that would mean being a top 20 caliber team year after year. 2010 was the perfect storm of eight seniors, most of who had played together for all four years (there were a few transfers) and who benefited from some NCAA experience. There was every reason to think Cornell would have come crashing back to earth in 2011 even if Donahue had stayed. Maybe the team wouldn't have gone 1-13 but bottom half of the league wouldn't have been a surprise either. He was smart to cash in his chips and get the big bucks at BC.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:37, Wroblewski and those guys from 2011 managed to remain in the top 200 despite Courtney, how do you think they would have been with a real coach?

No one expected a sweet 16 team, but I'm also sick and tired of you people who think mediocrity or "crashing" was acceptable once those 8 seniors graduated. I'm glad people like you at least realize that Courtney is just a shame, but you continue to act like mediocrity should still be the realistic goal. 2010 were a great class but luck had nothing to do with it; Donahue had created a top 200 team, top 3 Ivy League team before Wittman and Dale ever set foot on campus. People like you are either ignorant of this, or utter defeatists; I'm not sure which applies in your case.

The rest of the league is now enjoying post-seasons, enjoying multiple teams in the top 150, while Cornellians keep acting like 2010 was a flash in the pan and mediocrity should be expected. It should not. We got some of the sweetest recruits on paper that we'd ever seen as a result of the sweet 16 run, and I don't see why a competent coach couldn't have turned them into an ivy title contender. These days even Dartmouth and Brown walk onto BCS floors expecting close games, even Columbia and Yale have title hopes, while people like you try to quash ours. It's sad.

Anonymous said...

Courtney inherited 1 starter and 4 regular rotation members of a sweet 16 team. He should have at least been better than the team that existed before Wittman and Dale arrived on campus (gore, kriefer, etc). With the insanely favorable recruiting environment that existed after the sweet 16, he should only have gotten better from there. I am SO TIRED of how Columbia can go from cupcake to borderline top 100 team while Cornellians get chided for wanting a good team post-Sweet 16.

Also, everyone keeps acting like Witt's class was some magical unicorn team when the big 3 barely had two division 1 offers between them and Columbia had beefier-looking 7-footers than Jeff Foote, who arrived a skinny division 3 reject. That class should have been an example of how hard work, team work, good coaching, and increased self-expectations can literally rewrite league standards, but it's like the rest of the league got the message and Cornellians somehow did not.

Anonymous said...

Courtney needs to go. He is an unequivocal failure. Incompetent game manager with a schizophrenic demeanor, terrible talent developer.

What recourse do alumni have to try and expedite his dismissal? I feel terrible for the players.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

As I've always said, I am not your Customer Complaint Department.

Here is where you need spend your energy:

Andy Noel The Meakem Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education

jan16@cornell.edu 255-8832

Anonymous said...

So, uh, when does the good news start? And what other players are going to leave? We have gone from the Sweet 16 to a program in historic disarray in four (4) years. Wow.

Congrats to Harvard. It is beyond dispute that they are an Ivy league dynasty now. And they have Chris Egi and Andre Chatsfield coming in next season. We, on the other hand, won two games this season and just lost the only credible player on our squad. And despite having such allegedly great recruiters on our staff, our incoming freshman class had a total of zero (0) BCS offers. The best offer any of them had was from Princeton.

Things really looking promising in Ithaca.

Anonymous said...

courtney you are terrible. throw some money at toole or donahue, end this nightmare.

Old Grad said...

Anybody want to buy my season tickets for next year?I don't think I can stand another season like the last. I see no hope.

Anonymous said...

Is Shonn Miller looking to leave or is this just a rumor CBB?