Cornell Basketball Hires VA Tech Assistant Bill Courtney as Head Coach

Sam BlumCorrespondent IApril 25, 2010

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 25:  Big Red Bear the mascot of the Cornell Big Red performs against the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 25, 2010 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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On Friday morning the Cornell Athletics Department sent out a statement regarding the fact that they would be announcing the new head coach of the Men's basketball program at 3 p.m. 

And when the clock hit three, it was official. Bill Courtney was announced as the 21st head coach in the history of Cornell basketball. 

And it will not be easy. The former Virginia Tech, Virginia, and George Mason coach will take on a program that finished the season ranked 17th in the country, and on the heels of three straight conference championships.

Next year figures to be different. One coach and eight seniors later, this new Cornell program will definitely be in a rebuilding period as it will look (may have to look pretty far) for a fourth consecutive Ivy League championship.

Courtney replaces the beloved Steve Donahue, who is now the coach at Boston College. Steve Donahue took along two other Ivy assistant coaches, and Columbia head coach Joe Jones for his staff with at Chestnut Hill. 

Courtney has been a coach for 15 seasons, and he has participated in eight postseason tournaments, all of them were winning seasons. Courtney also was a part of the Providence and VCU coaching staffs, but found most success with George Mason as he recruited many of the players that made the final four in 2006, a team which he was not part of. He was even once a basketball player himself. 

So although this man does have the skills to be a great coach at the division one level, does he have the team to do it? Will Cornell be able to compete with guy's like Eric Peck and Chris Wroblewski, after graduating their core of Louis Dale, Ryan Wittman, and Geoff Foote?

Well, we'll just have to wait and see. 

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