Tuesday, May 13, 2014

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History.  A 1951 game program from a Cornell visit to Madison Square Garden.  Below, news and notes for Tuesday...


  • Dwight Tarwater joins Jake Matthews as Cornell graduate students seeking to land on a 2014-2015 roster.  Both are ineligible to play in the Ivy League next season as both are scheduled to receive their Cornell degrees in May.  See the Jeff Goodman Transfer List on ESPN.
  • Penn's Jerome Allen is quoted in the Wilmington Star because his Penn team has hit a hard rebuilding process. The Star writes:
The Ivy League is more talented than when he played, Allen says. The teams don't award athletic scholarships but now have more freedom to pull in recruits across the country with more loose rules on academic aid. The promise of a prestigious degree helps, too.
Cornell ruled the league for a few years and Harvard, under former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker, has won three titles and posted NCAA victories in back-to-back seasons.
Meantime, Penn has only won more than 13 games once in the past seven years. The Quakers erased the buzz from a 20-13 record in 2011-2012 with back-to-back 20-loss seasons. Along the way, the team has become an afterthought in basketball-crazed Philadelphia.
"Other (Ivy League) programs have stepped their pursuit up, just in terms of realizing basketball can add value to their brand," Allen said. "We're in the process of trying to maintain some consistency in terms of putting a product out there that so many people in the Penn community are used to seeing."
Highest No. 1: Cornell comeback
Dempsey walked towards the media after Binghamton’s 89-79 win over Cornell on Nov. 13, winked at us and said, “Piece of cake.” We all laughed because just moments earlier the Bearcats were on the verge of a blowout loss.
Cornell led, 61-42, with 12:21 left. The Bearcats dominated the rest of the way, converting 12 of their 17 field goal attempts and 16 of their 19 foul shots. They would finish the half with 59 points.
Beck scored a career-high 27 points, while Reed (25) and Madray (23) also eclipsed the 20-point mark. No other trio of Bearcats had ever scored 20 or more points in the same game since the program joined Division I in 2001-02.
Nat Graham is coming back to Penn basketball.
After playing two seasons under coach Fran Dunphy, Graham's career has come full circle, as he will now join Jerome Allen's staff as an assistant coach, confirmed by his twitter account.
Graham was a two-time letterwinner at Penn, alongside Allen and  fellow assistant coach Ira Bowman, before finishing his playing career at the University of Western Ontario. Graham did graduate from Penn in 1997 before moving on to coaching.
The Penn alum was a coach under Steve Donahue during Cornell's run of Ivy League titles in the late 2000s before going with Donahue as an assistant at Boston College. Graham was the associate head coach of the Golden Eagles until the school cleaned house earlier in the spring.
Graham has already had a hand in recruiting, helping Penn land 2015 small forward Jule Brown. The Quakers still have to fill one assistant coach spot as Scott Pera left to join Mike Rhoades' staff at Rice while Jason Polykoff became the head coach at Division III Earlham College.

6 comments:

harry '59 said...

If my memory is correct, Cornell beat NYU in the game on the depicted program. The win was somewhat tarnished because an NYU was later found to have agreed to "shave points" in the game. This was a part of the 1951 college basketball betting scandal.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

You stole my thunder. Stay tuned for the next image from that historic game!!

Harry '59 said...

I can even go you one better. I attended probably the only fixed game the outcome of which would decide the Ivy League championship. It was Penn v. Columbia in 1953. It's a long story with many twists and turns. The villain of the piece was Jack Molinas, the subject of the book, "The Wizard of Odds".

If you ever have an event for Blog contributors, I'll relate my experience in detail.

Anonymous said...

What happened with Graham to BU? Heard that was happening for a while.

Anonymous said...

http://blogs.dailypennsylvanian.com/thebuzz/2014/05/10/nat-graham-joining-penn-basketball-as-an-assistant-coach/

Coach Graham did land a job.

Anonymous said...

And he locked up his first (I believe)recruit from NMH.

http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/3526/Donahue-Makes-Early-Call.php