Jack McCloskey, who led Penn to an Ivy League championship as a coach in 1966 and led the Detroit Pistons to NBA titles in 1989 and 1990 as a general manager, died Thursday at 91 in Savannah, Ga., per the New York Times, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Another Ivy graduate transfer
According to a March 28 tweet from Coach Shop, Cole Harrison, a 6’11” center, will graduate Dartmouth this May and seek a graduate transfer for his final season of athletic eligibility. Harrison missed the entire 2016-17 season due to injury. The Brentwood, Tenn. native notched 1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 5.5 minutes a game over his three seasons in Hanover.
Marketing hoops in China
Sophomore forward Erika Steeves was named one of five Brown student-athletes who earned a Royce Fellowship, which will support Steeves as she works with the NBA, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), and Chinese sport officials to study the growing market for amateur and professional basketball in China.
Columbia women to go south of the border in November
The Columbia women’s basketball team has been invited to participate in the 2017 Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the 10-team tournament, they will be in the 4 team Mayan Division along with Arizona State, Green Bay and 2016 national runner-up Mississippi State. Each of these teams had 20-plus victories in their 2016-17 seasons. While the schedule for the November 23-25 Challenge does not come out until June, the four teams in last year’s Mayan Division played three games in three days against each of the teams in the group. So, the Lions should get their chance to beat the team that ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak.
They call him Mister Bibbs
Tai Bibbs of West Chicago High School committed to Columbia Friday following a visit to the school between March 26 and 28. The Lions had previously given Bibbs and offer before he signed to Drake. After Drake’s coach resigned, Bibbs was given his release and Columbia won out over Dartmouth, Lafayette, Fordham, Rice, Cal-Davis, Loyola, New Mexico State, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and Toledo. The 6′ 3″ two-star combo guard, who was named the captain of the Chicago Daily Herald DuPage All-Area Boys Basketball Team, averaged 26.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game, while connecting on 74 made three-pointers and 77 percent of his free throws. Bibbs, who follows Mike Smith to Columbia from the Land of Lincoln, is another strong addition to a Lions recruiting class that already has Jaron Faulds, Gabriele Stefanini, Randall Brumant, Myles Hanson and Jake Klores.
In time for the conclusion of Women’s History Month and the Women’s NCAA Tournament, the Human Rights Campaign discussed five LGBTQ players and coaches who have courageously chosen to be open and authentic in their sexual identity. One of these athletes is Cornell senior Nicholle Aston. The suburban Los Angeles native ended her Big Red basketball career in the top 16 in field-goal percentage, made field goals, points, total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, blocks, games played and games started. More importantly, though, has been her volunteer work as Education and Advocacy Intern at Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center and President of the school’s chapter of Athlete Ally. With the support of coaches, teammates and allies, Aston has grown into a leader on and off the court, making the entire East Hill community a stronger and more accepting place.
Not satisfied that it degraded a 14-0 league finish and an entire double round robin slate for a forgettable Ivy League conference tournament title game debut on ESPN2 and a dramatic spike in league officials’ ultra strength Rolaids tablet consumption during the Penn-Princeton semifinal, the Ivy League announced Friday it was doubling down on the Ivy League Tournament by ratcheting up the tournament weekend’s star power with an eye toward increasing the visibility of the league.
The tournament will be held Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 8-11, 2018 at the Palestra.
“We wanted to follow the idea of having a conference tournament for a celebration of the league and television exposure to its logical conclusion, which means just entertaining everybody for the weekend at all costs,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said.
With preliminary talks among Ivy League officials revealing that the Palestra is likely to host the conference tournament again next season, the league commissioned Penn ‘99 alum John Legend to compose a totally original song called “One Whining Moment” to encourage more Princeton fans to attend the tourney next year out of disappointment that more fans didn’t attend the inaugural tilt last month.
Here are the official lyrics to “One Whining Moment”:
Shocking the Ivy basketball world, Penn assistant coach Nat Graham announced he plans to mount a campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2020, speaking out decisively against Wharton ’68 alum and President Donald Trump.
The Princeton offense actually pulled off an upset against Georgetown last Thursday, as John Thompson III was fired by GU.
Despite a body of work that included 13 years of overall winning (65.3 percent winning clip), no scandals, and a highly respectable family tradition, Georgetown decided it couldn’t stand watching the Princeton offense anymore.
Bill Walton and Grant Mullins are kind of best friends now, they both realized Saturday while hanging out at Walton’s west coast pad.
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.