Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ivy League raids the SEC ... again

Kent Austin's leaving his job as Ole Miss offensive coordinator to take over as head coach of Cornell. He's replacing Jim Knowles, who's joining the staff at Duke (headed by former Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe). Completing the Oxford-Ithaca nexus, Knowles himself had been hired away from Ole Miss six years ago.

ESPN's Chris Low writes about what it all portends for the Ole Miss offense, which is now without its OC, its QB and its two best playmakers (McCluster and Hodge).

A thing or two about Cornellians, since we just don't get enough chances to write about the Big Red:

* RB Ed Marinaro (the immortal Joe Coffey on "Hill Street Blues") finished a close second to Auburn QB Pat Sullivan in the 1971 Heisman race, the last time an Ivy Leaguer has been anywhere near the top in the voting.

* Notable dropouts include Huey Lewis, Harry Chapin and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

So it goes.