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Penn football makes a friend

The first team captain in the Ray Priore era of Penn football may not have the speed or stature of a typical Division I athlete, but that doesn’t matter. He’s got enough heart and toughness for someone 10 times his size.

Former Penn football star signs with Detroit Lions

Brandon Copeland is heading to the Motor City.

Following a standout performance at the NFL Veteran Combine in Arizona, the former star Penn football defensive end signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions late last week.

Columbia alums confident in Bagnoli as coach

Columbia's hiring of long-time Penn football coach Al Bagnoli to be its new head football coach sent shock waves through Penn Athletics, but it also came with strong support at Columbia.

New Columbia Athletic Director Peter Pilling announced Bagnoli as his new coach two weeks ago and the Columbia Spectator caught up with alums to weigh in on the hiring.

2013 Columbia grad and quarterback Sean Brackett was positive that Bagnoli could turn things around for the Lions' lackluster program, which hasn't won a game since 2012.

“Whenever you play a team coached by Bagnoli, you know they’re going to be smart, tough, both physically and mentally," Brackett said to the Spectator.

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