Tuesday, March 11, 2014

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...

In September, the Orange started practicing in advance of the 2013-14 season. There were two exhibition games and then the regular season opened on Nov. 8 with a game against Cornell.
Cornell led that game at halftime 38-30. Since then, Cornell won just two games, finishing the season with a 2-26 record, including a 1-13 mark in the Ivy League. Meanwhile, Syracuse enjoyed a remarkable campaign. The Orange, who rallied past Cornell for an 82-60 win in the opener, started the year with 25 consecutive victories.
  • Lost Lettermen thinks Tommy Amaker should leave Harvard and writes about his success. "It’s what led Bill Carmody to leave Princeton for Northwestern in 2000. Same thing with John Thompson III (Princeton to Georgetown in 2004), Fran Dunphy (Penn to Temple in 2006), Craig Robinson (Brown to Oregon State in 2008) and Steve Donahue (Cornell to Boston College in 2010). Often times, the satisfaction of leading a program to 'just another' conference title and Big Dance berth wears thin."
  • The Ivy League named Nolan Cressler to the Ivy League's weekly honor roll.  The Ivy Office notes:
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)  
16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Princeton
28 points, 5 rebounds vs. Penn
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 6 Dec 16-T.J. Bray, Princeton (Cornell no games)
Wk 7 Dec 23-Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 8 Dec 30-Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 9 Jan 6-Wes Saunders, Harvard/Alex Rosenberg, Columbia
Wk 10 Jan 13- Fran Dougherty, Penn
Wk 11 Jan 20-Alex Rosenberg, Columbia/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 12 Jan 27-Sean McGonagill, Brown
Wk13 Feb 3-John Golden, Dartmouth/Justin Sears, Yale
Wk 14 Feb 10-Justin Sears, Yale/Fran Dougherty, Penn
Wk 15 Feb 17-Justin Sears, Yale/Alex Rosenberg, Columbia
Wk 16 Feb 24- Alex Rosenberg, Columbia/Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Wk 17 Mar 3-T.J. Bray, Princeton
Wk 18 March 10-Alex Mitola, Dartmouth/Steve Moundou-Missi, 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
Wk 6 Dec 16- Spencer Weisz, Princeton (Cornell no games)
Wk 7 Dec 23-Luke Petrasek, Columbia
Wk 8 Dec 30-Luke Petrasek, Columbia/Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 9 Jan 6-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 10 Jan 13-Norman Hobbie, Brown
Wk 11 Jan 20-Darryl Smith, Cornell
Wk 12 Jan 27-Spencer Weisz, Princeton
Wk 13 Feb 3-Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 14 Feb 10-Steven Spieth, Brown
Wk 15 Feb 17-Leland King, Brown
Wk 16 Feb 24-Leland King, Brown
Wk 17 Mar 3-Spencer Weisz, Princeton
Wk 18 Mar 10-Leland King, Brown
  • 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: CollegeRPI.com 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 March 11, 2014 is No. 334 out of 351 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the KenPom.com site ranks Cornell No. 342 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 332. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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Anonymous said...

This is what I would love to see. Andy Toole of Robert Morris University become the next Cornell coach. Right Now! Smart, young and has a team with a 21 - 12 record with only 7 scholarship players available. Did I mention he played for Penn. Sadly, I think the AD at Cornell will take the easy way out and Keep Courtney for the last year of his contract. Why risk picking another bad choice right?

Anonymous said...

It is time for a change. How about Andy Toole of Robert Morris University as the next coach. Young, smart and a 21-12 recort with only 7 scholarshit players. Did I say he played for Penn. Four years of losing is enough with above average players and losing close games. I think our AD will take the easy way out and stick with BC for another year. Comments???

Anonymous said...

From an outsider looking in and water cooler talk it seems that both Penn and Cornell will be searching for a new head coach soon. This is all a "friend of a friend" heard this or that talk. But supposedly the sources are other Ivy league coaches(most likely assistants) and recruiting firms for open head coaching positions.

Have you changed from your stance that BC will be 99% coming back? Especially the way the season ended this past weekend.

What have some of your sources heard? Is money really the only issue?

Anonymous said...

Courtney was interviewed on the ESPN station in Ithaca earlier this week. Based on his comments about recruiting and next year's team, he certainly sounded confident that he's coming back.

As much as he's a likeable guy, I have no confidence that he'll ever figure out how to be a competent head coach.

br2 said...

Here's some back of the napkin money numbers:

Ticket Price: $8 (min)
Capacity: 4,400

Expected capacity after going 2-26: ~1,000
Expected Capacity of a Decent Team: ~2,200
Expected Capacity of Sweet 16 Team: ~4,100

Let's say a season is 12 home games:
Rev of Crap Team: $96,00
Rev of decent Team: $211,200
Rev of amazing team: $393,600

The salary money can easily be made up with just an average product on the floor. So, money shouldn't be that much of an issue here.

We're talking around a $100K differential between what we have and what the rest of the league is putting out. Bring in someone who can coach and we'll make up the money let go by firing BC.

Anonymous said...

In a then private conference call with influential alums and donors a few days before he hired Bill Courtney, Andy Noel said:

Mr Noel stuck with Steve Donahue during the lean years because Donahue held players accountable and was willing to bench players who refused to accept their roles, even if it meant losing a game, and because he could see signs along the way that Donahue was a championship caliber basketball coach.

Mr. Noel also said that Donahue’s coaching perspective changed after Gant's tragic injury (which occurred when he dove on the floor during an intense practice following an unsuccessful road trip), and that part of what turned the tide and made Donahue successful at Cornell is that he came to realize that it was extremely important to the success of his team for the players to enjoy playing the game and to have fun.

Noel then emphasized that Donahue’s replacement must have the same perspective that Donahue had or “he won’t be hired.”

Mr. Noel also said that maintaining a competitive edge on the court “is what I worry about the most”, and that the 2010 team made him realize how important it was to see not only the players winning and having fun, but also to see several thousand students at each basketball game having fun with the players, storming the court, and being part of a successful program. Therefore, according to Noel, maintaining that "competitive edge" for the basketball program is important not just to the players and coaches but also to the University overall.

Mr. Noel confirmed confidentially during that conf. call that his finalists for the basketball coaching job were Matt Langel, Gary Close and Bill Courtney, and that the new coach would likely be hired within 24 hours.

Mr. Noel emphasized with great excitement during the conf call that a new matching financial aid policy would be implemented by Cornell to keep up with the generous financial aid policies that had been adopted by Harvard and Princeton. According to Noel, the new matching financial aid policy would allow Cornell to maintain that competitive edge.

One donor complained during the call about losing Donahue, and asked Noel how donors could continue giving millions to athletics when Cornell was unwilling to do what was necessary to keep Donahue or any other successful coach. The same donor suggested that after an historic sweet sixteen run, failing to re-sign Donahue showed donors and recruits that basketball is not really a priority at Cornell. Noel explained that Cornell simply could not compete in the market that Donahue had entered due to his success at Cornell.

Four years later, what must that donor be thinking now?

Unknown said...

If Cornell doesn't change coaches because of money, then they are saying, "we are bush league and we don't care."

The administration policy should be expressed openly: In the two major spectator and money attractors in college sports - football and basketball - we're going to be second rate. In historical terms, we've been solidly mediocre, and we're fine with that, or worse. Is that what Cornell's leadership wants?

Do they realize the financial opportunity lost in all those empty seats and lack of post-season games?

I will never understand how the biggest school in the Ivy, complete with a partially subsidized state component, and a Big Ten atmosphere, cannot compete with it's hoity-toity small-school Ivy brethren. The current trajectory is extremely short-sighted.

Lyell Funk said...

We should go hard after John Becker, we can pay him more than he's getting at Vermont. Andy Toole would be good too.

Anonymous said...

If we want to turn this thing around, we need to start landing the Jeff Robersons and Julian Jacobses.

Anonymous said...

"If we want to turn this thing around, we need to start landing the Jeff Robersons and Julian Jacobses. "

Most likely a troll comment. But, yes, if you want BC's impact to be the least negative you need the highest possible caliber of players to overshadow ineptitude.

What we need to turn things around is a game plan. The last time we won this few games was when the team has NO head coach and played fewer games.