In the 147-year history of Penn football, three decades may not seem like a very long time. But after a 30-year drought, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year trophy is returning to Franklin Field.
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For Penn football, 2023 has been a season of wasted potential. Amid highs and lows, wins and losses, the Quakers could never put it all together. And on Saturday, the Quakers' self-inflicted wounds finally put the nail in the coffin for a season that has long been awaiting a hammer.
When students and streamers poured down onto the court of the historic Palestra on Monday night, it signaled a moment in time for Penn men’s basketball. The Quakers had defeated nationally-ranked rival No. 21 Villanova for the first time since 2018, earning a much-deserved victory after an offseason of turmoil.
As fall teams wrap up competition, the Penn sports world shifts to winter, when a new host of teams and athletes get the chance to vie for Ivy League and national glory. Let’s take a look at five of the biggest matchups coming up for the Quakers this winter, and weigh how their results could shape the season ahead.
They say in sports, teamwork makes the dream work. If that's true, Penn men’s basketball has notable cause to dream.
As temperatures drop across the city of Philadelphia, Penn football is just heating up.
On Friday night, when Penn football’s fourth-quarter comeback effort fell short in a 30-26 loss to Brown, the immediate effects were clear: An addition to the loss column, a balancing of Penn’s Ivy League record at 2-2, and a significant deflation of the team’s Ivy League title hopes. But lost among those surface-level consequences was a much deeper concern: that the 2023 Penn football team may never reach its full potential.
Adjusting to life as a freshman at Penn is a difficult task. Adjusting to life as a student-athlete is even more challenging. But making the transition as the son of one of Philadelphia’s most recognizable sports figures? Nearly impossible.
One year ago, Penn football traveled to Providence, R.I. armed with two things: an undefeated record, and supreme confidence. By the end of the weekend, the first was gone, and the second was severely shaken.
Six games into the 2023 season, Penn football sits at 5-1 overall, a strong indication of the team's success. But amid that hot start, one player has found individual success that transcends the current campaign.
It is often said the Ivy League is a conference dominated by tradition. One that, even in the face of a changing world, often remains rigid in its ways and traditions.
After an offseason full of turnover, Penn’s basketball teams have work to do in their respective quests for an Ivy League title.
For most backup quarterbacks, the end zone is nothing more than a dream. But for sophomore quarterback Liam O’Brien, it is a weekly destination.
In a whirlwind of athletic endeavors, the Quakers demonstrated a mix of grit, determination, and passion, in Philadelphia and as the visitor, over this past weekend.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Caleb Crain, Sports Editor:
It has been said that a team is only as good as its quarterback. But if you ask Penn junior signal-caller Aidan Sayin, a quarterback is only as good as his mindset.
For every sports team, one of the most important games of the season is the opener. Mantras of “starting strong” and “gaining momentum” populate locker room speeches across the nation, and few games can match the energy attached to the first game.
Following a summer of great roster turnover, Penn men’s basketball will be forced to move forward without another longtime contributor.
As classes hit the ground running, so does Penn sports. Many Quaker teams have either begun competition or are on the precipices of beginning their seasons. From football to cross country, and everything in between, here is what you need to know about the Penn teams competing this fall.