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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.



Penn basketball falters late against Dartmouth

When Penn basketball met Dartmouth at the Palestra on Jan. 30, the Quakers picked up their first Ivy win of the season largely because they limited Big Green guard Alex Mitola to six points.

On Saturday, the Red and Blue were nowhere near as lucky.

In a game that featured 11 lead changes, Dartmouth rode 15 second-half points from Mitola and managed to surmount Penn's largest lead of the game with a clutch 17-6 run late in the contest, one that allowed the Big Green to pull away with a 67-62 win.


Penn basketball's Tony Hicks suspended

Penn basketball junior guard Tony Hicks has been suspended by the program for this weekend's Ivy doubleheader against Harvard and Dartmouth, Penn Athletics announced on Friday.



Penn women's hoops looks for weekend rebound

Down, but certainly not out.

Although Penn women's basketball will hit the road once again this weekend, the squad has no plans of going anywhere in the larger picture -- the race for the Ivy League title -- despite last Friday's letdown against Cornell.

After splitting last weekend's contests with the Big Red and Columbia, the Quakers (12-7, 3-2 Ivy) will travel to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale on Friday before wrapping up their fifth road matchup in seven games against Brown on Saturday.

While this weekend's slate of back to back games represents the third of six consecutive Ivy doubleheaders for the Red and Blue, coach Mike McLaughlin is confident in Penn's physical and mental states, despite the loss to Cornell.

"We have some kids that are banged up like every other team, but physically we're in good shape," McLaughlin said.


Columbia announces Athletic Director hire

Columbia Athletic Director M. Dianne Murphy announced in September that she planned to resign from her position at the conclusion of the academic year.

Now, six months after Murphy’s announcement and two months after football coach Pete Mangurian's resignation following allegations of abuse and misconduct with players, Columbia has announced that Peter Pillingok will take over as athletic director on Apr. 13.

A graduate of Brigham Young University and Ohio University, Pilling is the former vice president of IMG College, one of the largest sports marketing companies in the country.


Hicks' floater gives Penn basketball comeback win

It's Tony Hicks' world and the rest of us are just paying rent.

Despite falling behind by 12 to begin the game and never leading until under a minute remained, Penn basketball rode the junior guard's 20 second half points and game-winning jumper with four seconds remaining to its sixth consecutive win over Cornell, 71-69.

The Red and Blue looked overwhelmed from the onset.


Penn basketball enters a New York State of Mind

It's been awhile since Penn basketball played a game away from the Palestra. But after putting together a stretch of the team's most respectable games this season, the Quakers are looking to continue to piece wins together in the Empire State.



Penn women's basketball thrashes NJIT by 30

Following a 26-point loss to Big 5 rival Villanova on Wednesday, Penn women's basketball was prepared to rely on its seniors and stars to get the squad back in the win column.

Maybe it didn't have to.


Penn swimming to compete in season's final home meet

Throughout its season, Penn swimming often has fewer home contests than any other sport. With a majority of the program’s meets taking place on the road, it’s on the Quakers to make the most of their

As a result, this weekend, the Red and Blue will try to make the most of a rare opportunity as both the men’s and women’s squads prepare for matchups with Delaware at Sheerr Pool on Saturday.

In what will be the second and final home meet for both of coach Mike Schnur’s squads, Penn’s matchups with the Blue Hens will be the first of three consecutive nonconference meets before the program swims in the Ivy Championships starting on Feb. 19.


Quakers' chance to stand alone

The last time Penn women’s basketball played a team from Philadelphia, the Quakers did something never before seen in program history, clinching a share of the Big 5 title in dramatic fashion.

Now, with the Red and Blue set to do battle against another local rival, the squad has the opportunity to cross another seldom achieved goal off its bucket list: beat Villanova.

Having already knocked off La Salle, St.



Penn women's hoops hangs on against UMBC

Last season, Sydney Stipanovich became the first player in Ivy League history to win the Ancient Eight's Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.

If the sophomore puts together a few more games like her performance on Monday night against UMBC, she may add Player of the Year to her already loaded trophy case in the near future.

Nine days after Penn women's basketball's disappointing loss to Drexel, one in which Stipanovich notched only eight points and three rebounds in 23 minutes, the Red and Blue rebounded in style with a 69-63 win over the Retrievers due in large part to the second-year center's incredible outing.

Despite battling a UMBC (5-5) frontcourt highlighted by three players over six-feet tall, Stipanovich recorded 29 points and 14 rebounds while senior forward Kara Bonenberger added 14 points and eight boards of her own as the Quakers (5-4) won for only the second time in December.

After the game, Penn coach Mike McLaughlin was not only impressed with his frontcourt's production, but the ability of his team to respond to a short winter break.

"This is a group that only got four or five days home for Christmas yet they all probably wanted to spend more time at home," McLaughlin said.



Penn basketball routed by Vanderbilt, 79-50

Tennessee has certainly not been kind to Penn's basketball teams this season.

The Red and Blue's two basketball programs have both traveled to the Volunteer State to take on SEC opponents over the past month.



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