Monday, May 3, 2010
Cornell's basketball coach gets unique title
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
At most places, the men's basketball coach is just that: "Head men's basketball coach." Or "head coach of the men's basketball team." Or, if he's especially well-entrenched, maybe "associate athletic director (men's basketball)." You get the point.
Not at Cornell. The Ivy League has lots of cool traditions -- or, depending on your perspective, lots of hoity-toity customs -- and the men's basketball position at Andy Bernard's alma mater is no different. At Cornell, the men's hoops coach is officially called the Robert E. Gallagher '44 men's basketball coach. To paraphrase Mr. Bernard, ever heard of it?
Speaking of the Ivy League, Cornell wasn't the only program to fill a vacant position this weekend. Columbia hired Saint Mary's assistant Kyle Smith to replace former coach Joe Jones, who left the school to join Donahue as an assistant at Boston College. The hire, like Courtney's, makes sense; Smith was a longtime assistant at a very successful small Division I program and will have a good handle on what it takes to win in a league that gives its coaches funny titles.