Monday, March 23, 2015

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, the March 29, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated.  Below, news and notes...

  • On the NCAA Tournament, the Charleston Daily Mail writes, "There is a notion that when a 12 seed defeats a 5 seed that it’s the runt roping the ankles of the behemoth and taking them down. Two seasons ago, though, a trio of 12 seeds advanced past the 5 seeds. Those three teams: Ole Miss, California and Oregon.  Sometimes there isn’t even a Goliath involved. In 2012, 12th-seeded VCU bounced fifth-seeded Wichita State. In 2010, it was Cornell ousting Temple. In 2008, Western Kentucky knocked out Drake, two years after Montana sent home Nevada. All fine programs, sure, but these aren’t your heavy hitters."
  • The Florida Times Union also writes, "Harvard couldn’t keep the Ivy League’s strong run in Jacksonville going. In 2010, Cornell easily dispatched Temple and Wisconsin at the Veterans Arena to reach the Sweet 16 before losing to Kentucky."
  • Paul Cormier spoke with the Valley News.  VN writes, "The arc says Cormier has Dartmouth moving in the right direction. Recent history — Cornell’s three-year championship run, Harvard’s ongoing five-year ride at the top, Penn’s hiring of former Cornell coach Steve Donahue this week — and Cormier’s own words indicate it won’t be as easy as it might have once been."
  • Here is another look at Cornell's incoming 7-member frosh class for next season:
Stone Gettings (Loyola HS) Los Angeles, CA, 6-8, F
Matt Morgan (Cox Mill HS) Concord, NC, 6-2 G
Troy Whiteside (Webb School) Knoxville, TN, 6-4, G
Joel Davis (Wayne Country Day School) Goldsboro, NC, 6-3
Donovan Wright (Blair Academy) Blairstown, NJ, 6-6, F
Joseph Ritter (Woodrow Wilson HS) Dallas, TX, 6-8, F
Xavier Eaglin (Dayton HS) Raymond, TX, 6-7, F
Jack Gordon (St. Mark's School) Dallas, TX, 6-4, G
Check in with the recruits, more honors and awards to report:  The Houston Chronicle notes that Xavier Eaglin was named District 21-5A Defensive Player of the Year.  WRAL reports that Matt Morgan was named 2nd Team All District 9 in North Carolina.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Donovan Wright was an Honorable Mention selection in the Mid Atlantic Prep League.  Jack Gordon was named All Southwest Preparatory Conference.
  • On Steve Donahue' hire by Penn, Ivy Hoops Online writes, "to the naysayers, the pros – his years as a Penn assistant, his three-year run of Ivy League dominance that included him leading a Cornell team to the Sweet 16 – are overshadowed by the cons.  Donahue’s time at Boston College did not go well, resulting in his firing after four years at the school. And in that time, the Ivy League has changed. Many believe that his Cornell squads would not win the league at this time."  Meanwhile, City of Basketball Love notes, "Donahue has had success with Ivy League rebuilds, however, taking Cornell from a seven-win team back in his first season (2000-01) to a three-time defending Ivy League champion and Sweet 16 participant before he was hired in by Boston College in 2010."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And now it's become about "as bad as it gets"