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Date Posted: 09:53:20 03/07/17 Tue
sparman, this version of events regarding Ben DeLuca was recounted in the comments sections of more than one lacrosse article way back when Bill Tierney left for Denver in 2009. You can assign whatever degree of credibility that you want to it.
The story back in 2009 was that Ben DeLuca, then an assistant to Jeff Tambroni, actually accepted the Princeton job and was driving back to Ithaca to resign. Apparently he received a cell phone call informing him that he was expected to maintain much of or all of the existing staff of Tiger assistants. He decided right then and there that this was too much meddling with his ability to run the Princeton program as he saw fit and changed his mind about taking the Jersey job.
Again, this is all second hand or, more likely fourth or fifth hand, so take it with the appropriate degree of skepticism. But the part that everybody posting seemed to accept as true was the DeLuca did in fact accept the Princeton job and then changed his mind shortly thereafter.
To me, the only relevance this story has to 2017 is that DeLuca must very much like the Ivy League model despite his ability to get a higher paying job. Further, he must also be comfortable coaching another Ivy program despite his life-long connection to Cornell. I fully expect the Harvard head coach to be eased out of the way soon to keep DeLuca on staff for the long run.
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