A year after Wagner romped Cornell, 41-7, the Big Red returned the favor with a 31-7 blowout last Saturday. And if you think that Cornell needed 10 more points to truly return the favor, think again. Because the following happened, and the following is far more embarrassing than running up the score -- it even earned Wagner a spot on the SportsCenter "Not Top 10" this morning (though "earn" might not be the right word). Take a look:
That's about the only way a Cornell-Wagner game will ever make SportsCenter.
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I was perusing the New York Times’ Twitter feed late last night (as a means of procrastination, of course) and I happened to come across this article. NYT’s Katie Thomas describes how some collegiate athletic programs in the country are finding loopholes around the 1972 gender equity-law, Title IX. This deception, of course, is designed to offer more spots to male athletes, which in turn, jeopardizes the integrity of women’s programs.
Interestingly enough, the Ivy League is also guilty of scheming. According to the article, Cornell’s women’s fencing team reports 34 participants, but 19 athletes on the roster are male. Men are also listed on Cornell’s women’s volleyball and basketball teams as well. Apparently the Big Red are able to justify listing male athletes on female squads if they receive instruction and practice with women. But, somehow, the five female coxswains on Cornell’s men’s rowing team count as females...
Clearly, this problem isn’t unique to the nation’s football powerhouses — it hits pretty close to home in the Ancient Eight as well.
First-year Cornell coach Bill Courtney may not be long for Ithaca. This one's very preliminary, but here's the theory, as per the Washington Post: George Mason coach Jim Larranaga is bound for Miami to take over the Canes' opening (You know, the one that Harvard coach Tommy Amaker was in talks for, but turned down). That leaves the Mason job open — and the Post's Matt Bonesteel (awesome last name...) lists the Big Red's Courtney as a possible replacement. Courtney was an assistant to Larranaga at Mason for eight years, and was key in recruiting the Patriots' 2006 Final Four team. I wouldn't take much from his one season at Cornell (seeing as there is a major vaccum of talent after last year's senior class left), but as the head coach there, he compiled a 10-18, 6-8 Ivy record. For what it's worth, he was able to beat Penn both times around this year.
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This was a tough one for the team to swallow. They definitely didn't want to lose the series to Cornell this year, and I know they wanted to give a great crowd the win. Nonetheless, here's my take:
The good: Miles Cartwright turning on beast-mode in the second half. Lots of players contributed to erasing a 15-point deficit (gee, that sounds familiar), but none took control more than the freshman. From re-finding his shot, to driving the lane, he was excellent, scoring a game-high 23 points with four assists and three steals in 38 minutes. Mizzo put on a clinic in body control, power and finesse going to the rim. That kind of play will make for, at the very least, an entertaining three years to come.
The bad: Jerome Allen's timeout call with 36 seconds remaining. Cartwright had just given Penn a one point lead and the Quakers weren't giving Cornell any chances on offense. The shot clock ticked down to just 1 second before the ball went out of bounds off Penn. Allen's 30 second timeout might have given him a chance to set up some defense, but it also gave Cornell's coaching staff enough time to regroup before one successful inbounds play, a baseline pass to Mark Coury who hit the jumper to give Cornell the lead, which the Big Red would hold onto for the win.
The Ugly: The fact that Penn's seniors will have to return for their final home game — senior night — looking for a last win at the Palestra over spring break, when the student body will not be here to see it.
The Quakers finish up their final Ivy home weekend hosting the Big Red of Cornell. Penn lost in overtime when they faced Cornell up in Ithaca, so they'll look to avenge another loss as they did last night against Columbia.
Adding to their motivation is a so far very successful day for Penn sports here on campus. The M. Lax team kicked off its season with a 7-3 upset of defending national champion Duke, and the No. 6 women dispatched neighborly rival Drexel, 12-9. Can the Quakers keep the success rolling? Follow along in our liveblog below:
We're back for the final home weekend of the year for men's basketball. We talk Tyler Bernardini, Princeton's loss to Brown, and preview the weekend. I'm joined this week by Assistant Sports Editor Sushaan Modi in his video debut as well as Sports Editor Kevin Esteves. Take a look:
It's February, and we all know what that means: 28 nights of binge drinking for the Penn senior class!
As seniors have special events each night for the tradition of Feb Club, Penn Athletics is getting in on the act, making the Penn-Cornell basketball game on the 26th an official event.
But was this the right choice? There are probably a ton of scheduling issues with putting together the month-long party, and choosing the Cornell game means the seniors will most likely get to see a win, but if there was one game where I'm sure the Quakers could use some boisterous, seniorly support, it will be this Saturday, when Ivy League-leading Harvard comes to the Palestra.
Fortunately, the Feb Club organizers made this Saturday's event a matinee at Franklin Fountain, so the senior class can still show up for what should be a great game.