Harvard Earns Highest Poll Rankings in Program History

Published by Peter G. Cornick on December 26, 2011 at 10:12PM

With a win last week over Florida Atlantic, Harvard achieved its best rankings in both major polls in the history of the program.

After its 63-51 victory over Florida Atlantic on Thursday, the Harvard men’s basketball team has regained its spot in the AP rankings and moved up in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. In both, the Crimson achieved its top position in program history.

Harvard (10-1) now finds itself ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll after receiving 92 votes.  But that puts the team far behind No. 22 Pittsburgh, which received 159 votes after a Christmas Eve upset at the hands of Wagner dropped the Panthers nine spots.

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Jeremy Lin '10 Released by Rockets

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on December 26, 2011 at 10:12PM

The Houston Rockets have released former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin '10

On the eve of both Christmas and the start of the 2011-12 NBA season, Jeremy Lin ’10 received some coal from the Houston Rockets.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Lin was released on Saturday night to make room for big man and nine-year NBA veteran Samuel Dalembert. The team made the official announcement regarding Dalembert early this morning, just hours before flying to Orlando for its first regular-season game of the year.

The past three weeks have had many turns for Lin. On Dec. 9 the Golden State Warriors waived the Harvard alum following a rookie season in which he appeared in 29 games, averaging 2.6 points, 1.4 assists, and 1.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals during his time on the court.

Only two days following his release from the Warriors, the Rockets claimed the second-year guard off of waivers. In his two pre-season games with Houston last week, Lin notched a total of six points, one rebound, and one assist in eight minutes of playing time.

The Rockets are set to make the official announcement of Lin’s release later today.

Penn State Coaching Job Remains in Question

Published by Robert S Samuels on December 23, 2011 at 10:12PM

Over a month after Penn State began its search to replace the legendary Joe Paterno, the post remains vacant.

One name that has continued to come up in rumors surrounding the position is Harvard coach Tim Murphy, mentioned as an ideal candidate because of on-field success and a clean track record. Murphy became the winningest coach in Harvard football history this season and earned his sixth Ivy title.

But with rumors continuing to circulate, Murphy has adamantly denied any contact with the search committee throughout the process, a claim corroborated by Russ Rose, the Penn State women’s volleyball coach and one of the six members of the search committee.

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AROUND THE IVIES: Yale's Williams Resigns, Murphy Wins NE Coach of the Year

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels and Robert S Samuels on December 21, 2011 at 11:51PM

Harvard coach Tim Murphy was named the New England Coach of the Year Wednesday morning after leading the Crimson to a 9-1 record in 2011

In light of a Yale University investigation over the accuracy of football coach Tom Williams’ resume, the three-year Bulldog coach resigned Wednesday, finishing his career at the school with a 16-14 record.

In the weeks leading up the The Game—which for the fifth-straight year, Harvard won, 45-7—Yale quarterback Patrick Witt garnered national attention for having to decide between a final interview for the Rhodes Scholarship and playing in the annual Harvard-Yale contest. As the storyline unfolded, Williams remarked that he faced a similar dilemma in having to choose between his own final interview for the Rhodes and NFL tryouts on the same day.

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Ortiz Adds "All-American" to Long List of Accolades

Published by Scott A. Sherman on December 18, 2011 at 10:25PM

Hopefully, after splurging on that engagement ring, Josue Ortiz still has enough money left over to buy himself a nice big trophy case.

Because he’s going to need it.

On Friday, the Harvard senior defensive tackle added another accolade to his growing list, as he was named an AP third-team All-American for the second straight year.

The honor came one week after Ortiz won the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year on Dec. 5 and the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award for the New England Senior Player of the Year on Dec. 8.

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