It didn't take long for coach Steve Donahue to get going.
The new man in charge of Penn basketball reeled in Fairleigh Dickinson guard Matt MacDonald, the first transfer the Quakers have added in nearly 15 years.
It’s November 23rd, 1998 and Penn basketball is up against a tough task, No. 7 Temple, a team that has had the Quakers’ number for the past 17 meetings.
But that night was different.
It’s just a few minutes until tip-off as Jerome Allen strolls out of the locker room and onto the Palestra floor for Penn basketball’s penultimate game of the season.
It’s a running joke that sports interviews are decidedly uninformative. At best, they involve a string of very sincere platitudes. At worst, they are with Jerome Allen.
Penn women’s soccer coach Darren Ambrose didn’t have much to say to me when I asked him what changed in the second half of his team’s 8-0 win over NJIT, the first game I ever covered (they only scored three goals in the final 45 minutes).
It’s taken nearly a decade, but Penn women’s lacrosse may have finally met its match in the Ivy League.