Cornell Taps Virginia Tech Assistant Courtney as Basketball Coach, AP Says

Cornell University hired Virginia Tech assistant Bill Courtney as basketball coach, succeeding Steve Donahue, who left for Boston College this month, the Associated Press reported.

Cornell spokesman Jeremy Hartigan declined to comment on the report, which the AP said was based on information from two unidentified people familiar with the deal. Hartigan said the school would hold a 3 p.m. press conference at its Ithaca, New York, campus to introduce its new coach.

Courtney, 39, spent one season at Virginia Tech after eight years as coach Jim Larranaga’s assistant at George Mason University. The Patriots reached the semifinals of the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Donahue coached Cornell to three consecutive Ivy League titles and led the Big Red to the regional semifinals in this year’s NCAA tournament.

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