April Fools: Mike and David McLaughlin switch places for entire season, no one notices

Shocking Ivy hoops fans, Dartmouth men’s basketball coach David McLaughlin and Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin revealed Saturday that they had switched places the entire 2016-17 season and coached one another’s team – and nobody noticed.

“It’s really disappointing,” Mike McLaughlin said. “It shows how few fans, even Penn folks, are paying attention to the women’s game.”

“I still don’t think anybody knows who I am,” David McLaughlin said.

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April Fools: Ivy League approves four-point line for next season despite Columbia’s objections

Jim Engles shopping for stilts for Mike Smith.

 

The Ivy League Presidents approved a plan late Friday night presented by a subcommittee of athletic directors honoring the coaches’ desire to institute a four-point line in league play starting next season.

The four-point line will be implemented for conference play only as an experiment fervently wished for by the league’s coaches.

“We figured, since the league set a Pomeroy-era Division I record this year by taking 40 percent of our shots from three-point range this year, we think we’d know how to cash in from even deeper,” said Princeton coach Mitch Henderson, looking momentarily up from his KenPom account.

The four-point line will lie in the shape of an arc 30 feet back from the basket.

Ivy coaches are confident that Steph Curry’s popularity will eventually create a demand for a four-point line.

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April Fools: Cornell coach Brian Earl not letting having two first names stop him anymore

“Guys, I may have two first names, but can we forget about that and just move forward?” (Cornell Daily Sun)

He may look like a well-adjusted ambivert on the outside, but Brian Earl’s got a heavy weight on his shoulders.

He feels it every time he signs an autograph at Aladdin’s Natural Eatery. Every time his former clients at Sallie Mae ask him for another student loan. Every time he listens to the Dixie Chicks.

It’s his name.

All his life, Brian Earl has had to deal with having two first names. To him, “Coach Earl” never had the same ring as “Coach Carmody” or even the rarely used “Kibitzer Carril.”

And as he was driving back from his introductory press conference, it him like a ton of bricks.

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April Fools: Ivy League considering Mohegan Sun, other options for next conference tournament

Obviously better than the Palestra.

 

The Ivy League has a good problem on its hands – there are just so many intriguing options for where the league can hold its next postseason conference tournament.

Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said one choice at the top of many Ancient Eight officials’ list is Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

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April Fools: Ivy League Tournament tiebreakers changed for 2018

To: Tom Beckett (Yale University), Dr. M. Grace Calhoun (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Hayes (Brown University), Mollie Marcoux (Princeton University), Andy Noel (Cornell University), Peter Pilling (Columbia University), Robert Scalise (Harvard University), Harry Sheehy (Dartmouth College)

From: Robin Harris, Executive Director

Date: April 1, 2017

Re: Changes to 2017-2018 Ivy League Tournament Tiebreakers

Due to the confusion to our student-athletes, athletic directors, presidents and fans regarding the tiebreaker scenarios, we at the Ivy League have decided to make things more clear for the 2017-18 season.

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Ivy news roundup – March 31, 2017

A number of Ivy Leaguers earned postseason award recognition.  Penn’s Michelle Nwokedi was named to the ECAC first team, while Cornell’s Nia Marshall and Harvard’s Katie Benzan were named to the second team.  Princeton’s Steven Cook was named to the NABC District 13 first team, while fellow Tigers Spencer Weisz and Devin Cannady, as well as Harvard’s Bryce Aiken, Brown’s Steven Spieth and Dartmouth’s Evan Boudreaux were selected for the second team.  Aiken was also chosen for the ECAC second team.  Cook was also named to the Allstate NABC Good Works team and CoSida Academic All-America.  Weisz, the men’s Ivy League Player of the Year, was chosen an Honorable Mention All-America.  Tigers’ coach Mitch Henderson was selected as the NABC District 13 Coach of the Year, as well as chosen as one of 20 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year.

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2016-17 Ivy League Tournament Semifinals roundup

Everybody can take away from the inaugural Ivy League Tournament semifinals what they wish. Anti-tournament folks can point to the folly of a team that finished 6-8 in league play essentially hosting a squad that went 14-0. Pro-Palestra Ivy observers can point to what was a rollicking atmosphere with a mostly full arena during the first men’s semifinal. Pro-tournament, anti-Palestra fans can look to the dip in attendance following Penn-Princeton to make the case for a tourney at a neutral location more geographically equidistant for all the Ivies.

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