Person tells Evan Turner that they got into Penn

Okay, so you get into Penn early decision: It is a great day! You run and tell your family, your friends ... and a player who used to play for your favorite basketball team and is now playing against it?

Evan Turner used to play for the Philadelphia 76ers until he was traded last season and returned to play in Philadelphia for the Boston Celtics on Monday night. While fans booed him when he was on the court, Turner was well-received before the game by the 76ers fans.

A. Sherrod Blakely, a Celtics beat reporter, shared the following anecdote in his story after the game:

Turner recalled seeing one young fan who always cheered him on when he played for the Sixers. Another one of his fans came up to him to tell him she was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.

"That was cool," Turner said. "It's on you to see what you're going to take from it. I pay attention to the positive."

The only question that remains is what the former Ohio State star thinks about the Red and Blue.



Penn basketball's Sam Jones named Ivy Rookie of the Week

Freshman forward Sam Jones buried Marist with five three-pointers.

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The awards just keep rolling in for Penn basketball's freshmen.

Freshman guard Sam Jones was named Ivy Rookie of the Week this week, becoming the fourth member of the program to achieve the honor thus far this season.

Fellow freshmen Antonio Woods, Mike Auger and Darnell Foreman already have the award under their belts in their young careers.

The sharp-shooting Jones earned the award after absolutely going off in Penn’s recent victory over Marist. In that contest, he went 7-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range to drop 19 points.

The Red and Blue are riding a three-game winning streak, and they largely have their freshmen to thank for that. Jones and the rest of the rookies will have their next chance to impress next Monday against Vanderbilt.



Penn men's soccer's Duke Lacroix named All-Region

Senior Duke Lacroix left a lasting legacy at Penn, who he helped lead to the Ivy League title during his junior campaign. 

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Three years ago, Duke Lacroix was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. It was an auspicious start to one of the most prolific careers in the history of Penn men’s soccer.

Now, Lacroix has bookended his fantastic career with prestigious awards, having been named second-team All-Region. It is the first time a member of the program has gotten the honor since 2011.

Despite an up-and-down season for the Red and Blue, Lacroix was a leader for the Quakers throughout his senior campaign, posting career highs in both goals and points.

“He’s clearly one of the best players I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach at Penn or elsewhere,” coach Rudy Fuller said.

What a way to go out.



Ivy League men's hoops garnering national attention after recent wins

Freshman Antonio Woods leads Penn basketball in minutes so far on the young season.

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It isn't just Ivy League college newspapers paying attention to Ancient Eight men's basketball: It's the whole NCAA.

Following Yale's last-second victory over Connecticut, the Ancient Eight has gotten some national buzz for its performance so far this season. Adding to the hype was Columbia's competitive performance against No. 1 Kentucky, as the Lions gave the undefeated Wildcats their toughest run yet.

What does this mean for Penn? Well, it means that Ivy play won't be a cakewalk for the Quakers, as teams like 7-1 Harvard, 8-3 Yale and 5-3 Columbia will provide some challenges for Red and Blue come 2015. It also means that wins by Penn in conference play will be seen as more impressive on a national stage.

The Quakers get their chance to make news with the tougher portion of their nonconference schedule beginning soon as they travel to Vanderbilt, an SEC foe. Penn also has three Big 5 games left, facing La Salle on Dec. 30 before taking on Villanova and St. Joe's on consecutive weekends in January.



Amy Gutmann in Philadelphia Eagles' owner's box

Penn President Amy Gutmann was spotted in Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's box on Sunday night for the Eagles-Cowboys game. 

Yup, the Penn president hanging out with at a football game in the owner's box along with actor Bradley Cooper. Sounds like a pretty good night... if the Eagles hadn't lost 38-27. Womp womp. 

Anywhere, here's some photographic evidence from the web where you can see Dr. Gutmann right in the center.

H/T to Zachary Taub and Brian Stelter for the screengrabs and the heads-up. You are the real MVP.

But seriously, is Gutmann an Eagles fan? How does she know Lurie? Is she now best friends with Bradley Cooper?

These are the questions that will rattle our brains for decades.



Liveblog: Penn basketball (2-5) vs. Marist (1-7)

Winners of two in a row on the road, Penn basketball looks to extend its winning streak to three as it returns home to the Palestra to take on Marist. Join myself and staff writer Seamus Powers as we give you all the action:

Live Blog Penn basketball (2-5) vs. Marist (1-7)


Penn basketball's Darnell Foreman named Ivy Rookie of the Week

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After helping the Quakers to their first two wins of the season, it is no surprise that freshman guard Darnell Foreman was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.

In Penn’s win against Navy, Foreman notched nine points, two steals, and two blocks in 28 minutes of play.

Foreman followed up this impressive performance with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals against Binghamton, leading the team to a 79-70 victory.

This recognition makes Foreman the third young member of Penn’s basketball team to be awarded this title. He joins guard Antonio Woods and forward Mike Auger as freshmen receiving the honor.

Penn hosts Marist at the Palestra Tuesday night where they will attempt to win their third straight non-conference game for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.

After an impressive start to his rookie campaign, it looks like Foreman as well as his fellow freshman teammates are intent are bringing Penn basketball back to the top.



Former Penn assistant basketball coach Ray Edelman has died

Former Penn assistant basketball coach Ray Edelman has died, Dick Weiss reports.

Edelman was on the staff of the 1970-71 Red and Blue squad that made the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

That Ivy champion squad went 28-1 on the year, including a 14-0 mark in conference. Former athletic director Steve Bilsky was a key contributor to the team.

Apart from his time at Penn, Edelman also had coaching stints at Penn State, Haverford and Oregon. On Twitter, Weiss commented that he was a "great teaching mind."



Temple notches colorful victory over La Salle

It is no secret that Big 5 basketball has more than its fair share of tradition.

During Temple’s 58-57 win over La Salle at the Palestra on Saturday, fans revived one of Philadelphia basketball’s more light-hearted rituals: Throwing streamers.

For the first time since 2006, fans celebrated each team’s first basket of the game by throwing colorful streamers on to the court, temporarily halting action.

From 1955 to 1985, when all Big 5 games were played at the Palestra, the streamers were a part of every game. However, the NCAA cracked down on the practice in 1985, and the chromatic custom has remained largely dormant since, only reappearing for special occasions in 1994 and 2006.

Saturday’s matchup certainly deserved the special treatment: the two teams came in with matching 4-3 records and played a tight, back-and forth battle that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

Temple guard Quenton DeCosey led all scorers with 19 points, 15 of which came in the first half.

Coach John Gianninihad nothing but praise for his star freshman.

“He’s really hard to guard,” Giannini said. “You need some guys who can make something out of nothing. DeCosey is one of those guys.”

Powered by DeCosey’s scoring, Temple took a 35-29 lead into halftime. However, La Salle used a 13-1 spurt at the beginning of the second half to turn the contest into a nail-biter.

However, trailing 56-54 with 18 seconds remaining, La Salle guard Jordan Price missed a game-tying jumper, allowing Temple to ice the game with a pair of Josh Brown free throws.

So, in a game which started in traditional fashion, the ending was also reminiscent of Big 5 battles of old.

Temple, which defeated Penn 76-67 on Nov. 25, moves to 5-3 and will play host to Towson on Wednesday.

La Salle drops to 4-4 and will square off against Drexel on Saturday. The Explorers will face Penn on Dec. 30 in their next Big 5 tilt.

Perhaps the steamers will make an encore appearance.



Higgins | A look inside Penn swimming's roadtrip

Every year during the first week of December, the Penn men’s and women’s swim teams embark on cross-country trek to Kenyon College, the alma mater of assistant coach Marc Christian, to attend the Total Performance Invitational. Awaiting the teams in Gambier, Ohio, is fast competition from seven Division III programs.

Before the teams’ bus pulls into the Holiday Inn parking lot in Ohio, however, they must endure eight (and sometimes nine) hours of traveling through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains and the sleep-inducing landscape of Ohio’s monotonous expanses of cornfields.

Usually by this point in the season, both the men’s and women’s teams have already survived a handful of long bus rides, such as the five hours to UConn or the four hours to Cornell. But this season, neither the men’s nor women’s team has travelled more than one hour away by bus. The 13 freshman competing in this weekend’s meet didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.

Here is a timeline of events for this year's bus trip.

1:10 The bus pulls out onto Walnut Street with all 52 swimmers and 3 coaches situated aboard.

1:16 Machete Kills comes onto the bus’s TV monitors. Coach Mike Schnur is practically giggling in anticipation. Meanwhile, a collective groan is heard from most of the women’s team. Women’s team captain Lauryn Brown yells, “It’s a man’s world!”

1:28 Sofia Vergara’s name rolls across the screen during the opening credits. Several members of the men’s team cheer.

2:59 Applause breaks out throughout the bus when the movie ends. The men’s team claps to express their satisfaction with the movie; the women’s team claps out of relief that they won’t have to sit through any more gratuitous killing.

3:01 Not even two minutes have passed before the next movie, Vision Quest, is playing from the TV monitors.

4:47 The team pulls into a rest stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania for a quick bathroom and stretch break. Only four hours to go!

5:00 Chaos ensues when the coaches begin distributing Jimmy Johns lunch boxes. Apparently the cookies inside the boxes are problematic: no one wants to get stuck with oatmeal raisin when chocolate chip is on the line. “Oatmeal raisin is cruel and unusual punishment,” says senior Emily Ashton.

5:28 22 Jump Street begins playing; a calm falls over the bus. It is unclear if the quiet is due to the movie or the fact that everyone is busy eating.

7:00 PMWSD crosses through West Virginia into Ohio, the third and final state of the road trip. Only two more hours until Gambier, Ohio.

7:22 As the credits of 22 Jump Street roll, one of the coaches requests to turn on the Air Conditioning. Bad move.

7:45 Things start getting weird. The team is entering its seventh hour on the bus and in the back of the bus there are three swimmers to most seats. In the last twenty minutes, the temperature on the bus has dropped at least five degrees. People start pulling on their winter coats.

8:12 Junior Meaghan Kwarcinski enters page five (single-spaced) of the paper she has been writing for the duration of the bus trip.

8:24 Phone service goes out. We must be getting close to our destination.

8:35 The bus unexpectedly swerves. Someone yells “turn up!”

9:15 The last forty minutes of the ride seem to take as long as the previous seven hours aboard the bus. That might be the delirium kicking in. By 9:15, the bus pulls into the Holiday Inn parking lot.



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