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Seibald and Pannell Weigh in about Cornell Lacrosse Firing DeLuca

Cornell’s reasoning for firing DeLuca included an absence of leadership, so Cornell’s interim head coach is a man who was fired from Georgetown University for driving while intoxicated on June 25, 2012. Read More…

	May 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cornell Big Red attackman Rob Pannell (3) reacts after scoring a goal against the Duke Blue Devils during the first quarter of the 2013 NCAA Division I men's lacrosse semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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An article titled “Cornell Lacrosse Alums See DeLuca’s Firing as Threat to Program” (EN: Alums isn’t a word, no matter how you slice it) by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg News provides detailed remarks from former Big Red players.

Of course, this is in reference to Head Coach DeLuca being let go by Cornell after an investigation into the recent hazing allegations and overall team culture. Cornell’s reasoning for firing DeLuca included an absence of leadership, so Cornell’s interim head coach is a man who was fired from Georgetown University for driving while intoxicated on June 25, 2012. There is a paradox here.

Max Seibald states,

“When you remove someone for reasons that are undisclosed to all of us, it’s tough for us to swallow and tough for us to understand… Everyone is now wondering why, and that will have rippling effects in recruiting I’m sure, an instant impact on the team right now, and it will be interesting to see how the alumni react based on what happens in the future.”

Both, Seibald and Pannell, have witnessed underage drinking at Cornell during their time, but never witnessed or participated in hazing. The dismissal came as a shock to everyone. Pannell said, “They had no idea this was coming and are very upset with the news.”

Overall, recruiting won’t take a hit. It just won’t. Period. Parents and children are drawn to the school because it is an Ivy League institution. Despite the hazing incident, Cornell’s overall name and reputation won’t change. Ithaca is gorges.

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tayler
tayler
7 years ago

pannell and seibald never witnessed or participated in hazing? bullshit.

tayler
tayler
7 years ago

pannell and seibald never witnessed or participated in hazing? bullshit.

tayler
tayler
7 years ago

pannell and seibald never witnessed or participated in hazing? bullshit.

tayler
tayler
7 years ago

pannell and seibald never witnessed or participated in hazing? bullshit.

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