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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.

Penn legend Al Bagnoli officially named Columbia coach

It's official: Al Bagnoli is going to Columbia.

After the Columbia Spectator reported on Sunday that Penn football's all-time winningest coach had agreed to take the reins of the Lions' football program, Columbia's athletic department officially confirmed Monday that Bagnoli had been chosen as the Light Blue's next head coach.

"Over the past decadeColumbia Athletics has built a new winning tradition, enhancing the collegiate experience for thousands of student-athletes and our campus community," Columbia President Lee C.

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