Last Monday, Princeton announced that it was discontinuing its long-beleaguered sprint football team, effective immediately.
Better late than never.
For Penn Athletics, the timeless idiom has never been more true, as several transfer students have found their respective ways to 33rd Street and quickly made an impact on the Quakers’ athletic program.
Bill Wagner, who has headed Penn’s sprint football program for the past forty-five years, has coached thousands of players during his time in Franklin Field.
Technically, two teams stepped on Franklin Field to play a game of sprint football. Based on the final score, however, only one actually showed up.
There might not be much left at stake, but there is still plenty to play for.
After being eliminated from CSFL championship contention in last week's double overtime lose to Army West Point, the Penn sprint football team (4-2) looks to reset and finish the season on a high note against rival Princeton (0-6) in the season finale this Friday.
So that's what the sprint in sprint football stands for.
The team travelled to Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell’s home turf — to take on the Big Red in a key Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) matchup. As the fourth quarter clock ran down, the score read 29-12 in favor of the Red and Blue.
Penn football’s recent upset victory over Villanova — the program’s first in more than 100 years — has sent tremors throughout the Penn Athletics community.
Number 29 got the ball with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of Penn sprint football’s home opener. With the Quakers already up 7-0, the freshman running back looked like he wasn’t going to gain any yardage as multiple Franklin Pierce players made contact with him.
But he shocked everyone by fending off the Quakers' opponents before reeling off another 20 yards into the endzone.
The game was over, and although he stood watching on the sidelines for the last 12 minutes of the fourth quarter, Max Jones was still registering the results of first collegiate game.
While Mike Beamish may have graced the gridiron at Franklin Field last Saturday, Penn sprint football will have to adjust to life without its former star and captain this season.
Beamish participated for the fifth time in the program's annual Alumni Game last weekend, but not as a member of the Quakers' current team.
Out with the old, in with the... Wait, not this week.
Penn sprint football played its annual Alumni Game last Saturday, as the current Quakers' squad took on a group of recent program graduates.
Up in Rindge, N.H., lies Franklin Pierce. Perhaps it’s not an institution that Penn students hear about frequently in the world of Penn athletics, but for the 49 players on the Quakers’ sprint football roster, it’s a household name nonetheless.
This weekend, Penn sprint football will officially begin its season against its New England counterpart, under the sun at Franklin Field on Saturday.
What is one of, if not the fastest-growing intercollegiate varsity sport in the United States?
If you guessed sprint football, you’re correct!
For Penn sprint football, Eric Furda is something more than the Dean of Admissions.
The Red and Blue (2-1) is quietly putting together a strong resume heading into its week four matchup with Franklin Pierce (1-2) on Friday night.
Penn sprint football is usually not the target of a national audience. But things will be different for the Quakers’ season opener.
By the end of the 2013 season, Penn sprint football thought it had found a gunslinger in quarterback Mike McCurdy. And as the 2014 campaign dawns, the time is now to develop the strong-armed sophomore into a pure passer.
With a strong alumni game, a government shutdown and the mercy rule, Penn sprint football had an interesting 2013 to say the least.
Penn took on Navy after their originally scheduled matchup was cancelled due to the government shutdown earlier in the season. The Midshipmen punished Penn on the ground, racking up four rushing touchdowns en route to a 35-14 victory over the Quakers.
The Quakers were able take apart an undermanned Princeton squad on senior night and obliterate the Tigers, 72-29, to win the Ivy League title in their seniors’ final game at Franklin Field.
After Penn jumped out to a 24-13 lead in the first half, the defense continued to give up big plays that ultimately led to a loss.
The government shutdown at Washington already had wide-reaching effects at Penn. Now it is touching Penn athletics, as Penn vs. Navy sprint football has been postponed
For three consecutive seasons now, the Penn sprint football team has enjoyed the coaches’ dream of having three returning starters on its offensive line. These three seniors: Chris Nagle, Matthew Paige and Jordan Colbert, have provided a bedrock for the running game and a great wall for the passing game.
Penn broke out of its early-game passing struggles in the second half and also posted 311 total rushing yards en route to a commanding 28-14 victory, its second straight.
Penn has already seen major changes at quarterback, wide receiver and on the defensive line for a laundry list of reasons, ranging from significant injury, to personal issues, to good old-fashioned ineffectiveness.
Freshman quarterback Mike McCurdy delivered a timely statement performance, slinging four second-half touchdowns to spearhead the Quakers’ 42-14 shellacking of Mansfield at Franklin Field Friday night.
Penn (0-1) will host the Mounties (1-0) at Franklin Field this Friday night in hopes of earning a more comfortable victory than last year’s 16-13 nail-biter.
It was another tough outing for the Quakers in West Point where the big play was the Achilles heel in the Penn Defense.
The defending CSFL champion Black Knights pose a daunting task for the Red and Blue, who have fallen victim to a number of injuries and unfortunate personnel changes.
This year the sprint football roster boasts four players from Moorestown, NJ, a city that has proven time and time again it’s a factory that churns out productive, intelligent, and gritty football players.
An explosive offense coupled with a hard-nosed defensive front was enough to notch Penn a 26-12 victory in the annual alumni game.
This year, sprint football hopes to return to championship form and transform those narrow defeats into comfortable victories.
With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, it appeared the Penn sprint football team was about to give away a huge lead on its way to a disappointing season-ending loss.
Whit Shaw would have none of that.
Under the open philosophy of coach Bill Wagner, the Penn sprint football team has become a hotbed for players trying out — and often succeeding at — new positions on the field.
Besieged by problems on both sides of the ball from the outset, the Quakers were run over by Navy, 44-10.
Like any college team, the sprint football squad has its fair share of players recruited for the team. However, the majority of the team is composed of walk-ons.
The Quakers’ last-place defense allowed Post score a season high in points as Post topped Penn, 48-27, at Franklin Field.
It was a tale of two halves for the Red and Blue, as a taut first-half affair quickly descended into chaos as Army’s Marquis Morris shredded the Quakers’ defensive front.
The sprint football seniors, all eight of them, will take to Franklin Field this Saturday to lead a very young Penn team against undefeated Army.
In the midst of his 43rd season as head coach of the Penn sprint football team, Bill Wagner has his squad performing as strong as ever.
Holding on after a 20-yard Kai Peng field goal with just over a minute to play, the Quakers defeated Mansfield, 16-13, at Franklin Field on Friday night
After following up a heartbreaking 42-34 six-overtime loss to Cornell with an exhilarating 24-20 win over Franklin Pierce on a 73-yard touchdown with nine seconds to play, the Quakers (1-1) have the world of Penn Athletics abuzz.
Pushed to victory by a 73-yard touchdown catch by senior Whit Shaw with only nine seconds left in the game, the Red and Blue defeated Franklin Pierce, 24-20.
Playing against former teammates in the annual Alumni Game, the sprint football team was dealt a 20-0 shutout loss.
Though Penn was not able to get the win it needed, the Quakers and Army put on an offensive display in their 58-44 duel, exchanging punch for punch over 60 minutes.
Quakers quarterback Todd Busler manhandled the Mountaineers’ defense, throwing two touchdowns on 269 yards and running for three more in the blowout win.
Two running backs with limited experience isn’t the ideal arsenal for most running games, but the strong relationship between the freshman duo has allowed them to make an instant impact.
On the sprint football team, where players often find themselves at different positions or even on opposite sides of the ball.