I originally decided to go to UNC over Penn because I wanted to pursue sports journalism and spend four years at a place with lots of school spirit. The funny thing is, I found that opportunity and school spirit right here at Penn.
It isn’t common for the Ancient Eight to be involved in disagreements with the NCAA. Yet former Penn President Harold Stassen led the University into a fight with the NCAA that nearly resulted in Penn’s expulsion from the organization.
For current Penn undergrads, it is unimaginable that hundreds of students would line up hours before basketball tickets go on sale in order to reserve their seats — that type of devotion is reserved for a headlining act.
Trailing by three with 2:26 remaining on the game clock, Penn quarterback Billy Ragone led his team down the field, going 5-for-7 for 53 yards and finding senior running back Lyle Marsh in the end zone to give the Quakers a 24-20 win.
With the student body increasingly apathetic towards Penn Athletics, those in charge made the foolish decision over the summer to stop providing toast at football games. Fortunately for Penn fans, they quickly changed their mind.
The outcome of the football game Saturday wasn’t the result of the Quakers’ inability to execute plays. Rather, Penn’s loss to Villanova was due to the failure of the coaches to adjust to the demands of the game.
Behind hat tricks from Meredith Cain and Courtney Tomchik, the Quakers beat Harvard, 9-5, in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament. They will play Dartmouth Sunday for the championship and NCAA tournament berth.