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Cornell parts ways head coach Bill Courtney

Bill Courtney

Cornell head coach Bill Courtney angry with a call in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Syracuse won 67-46. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)


Cornell has opted not to retain head men’s basketball coach Bill Courtney, the school announced on Monday.

“I appreciate Coach Courtney’s diligent efforts and his dedication to our student-athletes over the past six years,” said athletic director Andy Noel in a statement. “He is a first-class individual and I wish him success in his future endeavors.”

Courtney replaced Steve Donahue with the Big Red in 2010, after Donahue had led Cornell to the Sweet 16. But he never finished better than 7-7 in Ivy League play and went just 2-26 in 2013-14. He never won more than 13 games and never finished in the top half of the conference.