C's of Change
Jim Knowles' departure from Cornell has now been confirmed and another Ivy team will be scrambling for a new head coach probably into the new year.
From my point of view, it was hard not to like Knowles as a coach and a communicator. He was very "front and center" for the program as his many appearances on Cornell YouTube videos showed time and again this year.
Why he wasn't more successful in Ithaca could be the subject of a very long debate. Many Ivy fans don't understand why the Ag and Hotel schools at Cornell don't open the door to more blue chip recruits.
Others howled at the offensive formations the Big Red used during most of Knowles' tenure.
I do know that the best Cornell teams under Knowles were led by Kevin Boothe on the offensive line and a dynamite running QB named Ryan Kuhn. This was the 2005 squad that went 6-4 and beat Harvard and Penn.
We wish Knowles the best of luck at Duke.