Hoops News: Gonzaga transfer to Fairfield, Cornell coach on the move?

Two basketball tidbits on a chilly Philly Friday:

  • 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.

Amaker not on the move

Penn basketball fans can uncross their fingers — Fox Sports is reporting that Harvard men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker will be staying with the Crimson.

Rumors started swirling over the weekend that Amaker might take the open head coaching position at Miami. Amaker reportedly met with officials from Miami yesterday. But Fox's Jeff Goodman tweeted this afternoon that the four-year Crimson coach would remain in Cambridge, though he was flattered by the Hurricanes' interest.

Amaker and the Crimson won a share of the Ivy title this season, their first in program history. Harvard returns the majority of its contributors and brings in highly-touted recruiting class.

UPDATE: here's a press release from Harvard Athletics.

EXTRA UPDATE: Dick Vitale weighed in via twitter:

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Amaker on the move?

AmakerWe might end up seeing both of this year's Ivy League co-champion coaches leave the conference. Rumors have been swirling on Twitter and certain mainstream media sources that Harvard's Tommy Amaker is the frontrunner for the open coaching gig at Miami. The Canes' job opened up when their coach of the last seven years, Frank Haith, took the job at Missouri.

That Miami Herald article says the announcement could come today. Others on Twitter, who aren't really reliable enough (as far as I know) to quote directly think it will be later this week. Either way, it's very interesting if Amaker does indeed jump ship. Perhaps some former Penn recruits could entertain the option of leaving the Crimson for greener (or bluer and redder) pastures? Time will tell. I'll stay on top of it. Stay tuned.

ESPN's Andy Katz also weighed in on the subject, pointing out what is likely Amaker's strongest reason for staying with the Crimson: his wife is a professor at Harvard. While there's definitely still some room for Amaker to climb professionally, Harvard's about as good as it gets for a professor, so that will definitely be a factor.