Cornell has fired head men’s basketball coach Bill Courtney after six seasons on the job, according to an official announcement from the university.
“I appreciate Coach Courtney’s diligent efforts and his dedication to our student-athletes over the past six years,” AD Andy Noel said in a statement. “He is a first-class individual and I wish him success in his future endeavors.”
Courtney, 45, arrived at Cornell in 2010 after spending the past 15 years as an assistant at programs like Providence, George Mason and Virginia Tech, among others. He inherited a program with the bar already set high, as his predecessor Steve Donahue had led the Big Red to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and three straight Ivy League titles before resigning to become the head coach at Boston College.
But Courtney was never able to right the ship at Cornell, as Donahue’s last team had some key seniors who went on to graduate. He went just 60-113 (27-57 Ivy) in his six seasons and never won more than 13 games in a year. In the 2013-14 season, Cornell was just plain awful and went 2-26.
Long story short, Courtney’s firing was a long time coming.
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