When people refer to the “good old days,” they usually refer to something that’s a bit more hardcore and dangerous. Well, those traits are steeped in the legacy of one of Penn’s oldest traditions, the Rowbottom.
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It might come as a surprise to many that the Philadelphia Eagles played at Franklin Field for 13 seasons, but if it’s any consolation, many were surprised to see it happen at the time, too.
From Bo Jackson to Deion Sanders, dual-sport athletes are commonly understood concept in the sports world. However, dual-sport coaches practically don't exist anymore in high-level collegiate or professional athletics. For Bob Seddon, this unconventional concept was his reality for 14 years.
Despite Penn volleyball not playing since November 2019 and gymnastics not competing since March 2020, both teams recently announced their recruiting haul for the Class of 2025.
Televised college football is one of the hallmarks of fall Saturdays, and its existence was in large part due to Penn’s 1951 scuffle with the domineering NCAA.
Eagles fans, and for that matter, all Philadelphia sports fans, have a long reputation for being exceptionally hostile, with plenty of individual instances to show for it. The most notorious is arguably the time that they booed Santa Claus, an event which occurred at Penn’s own Franklin Field, where the Eagles played from 1958-1970.
As Al Bagnoli looks back on his time coaching Penn football, one phrase that he continually repeats in his humble manner is “a little bit,” whether it’s in reference to what he did as a coach or what the team needed to change at a particular time. Make no mistake about it though: all the little bits that Al Bagnoli contributed to Penn football over the years made a bigger impact than anyone in the program's history.
The Palestra holds a number of impressive distinctions in the context of college basketball and collegiate sports history: it’s the oldest major college arena still in use today, and it’s hosted more college basketball games, visiting teams, and (excluding Dayton's UD Arena) NCAA Tournaments than any other arena in the country.
During an intersquad scrimmage in early March, then-junior Sean Lulley knew it wasn’t good news when a bunch of administrators arrived at practice. Now, with the 2020 season in the past, Lulley and Penn men’s lacrosse are looking forward to 2021.
Benji Mowatt’s football career has gone through a number of iterations.