It was early March when Jake Silpe, in the midst of his second semester as a senior in high school, received some very unexpected news.
Jerome Allen, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball head coach, had just been fired, with several games still left to play on the Quakers’ schedule.
Allen had recruited Silpe to Penn, and once he signed his letter of intent, Silpe was fully under the assumption Allen would be his coach for his college basketball career.
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.
Penn basketball was handed 23- and 6-point losses by Yale and Brown this weekend.
And I was still excited by what I saw.
Behind 26 points, eight rebounds and five blocks from the 6-foot-9 superstar, the Bears held off a feisty Penn squad in a battle of the final two winless Ancient Eight squads, taking an early lead and holding on for a wild 89-83 win.
All season long, Penn basketball's first-year coach Steve Donahue’s mantra has been simple: “We’re trying to build this into a championship program.”
On Friday night, he may have gotten a first-hand view of what one looks like.
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I thought we had some solid performances. We had some games where we would have liked to have played better and closed it out with some leads and some games.
If the Penn football team beats Cornell at Franklin Field to win the Ivy League title and Brian Seltzer is not in the booth to provide commentary, did it really happen?
Ever since 2008, the 2007 college graduate has been the voice of Penn football.
Despite reports in December that the Ivy League was on the verge of announcing a postseason tournament to crown a conference champion, the actual pace of action seems to be a good deal slower.
For me, it’s a no-brainer. The Ivy League needs a conference tournament for basketball.
When you look at Ivy Athletics as a whole, there’s something left to be desired for those students who are fans of NCAA athletics as a whole.
On Wednesday night, Penn men’s basketball was beaten by a much better team.
The Red and Blue were routed by Saint Joseph’s, a well-oiled juggernaut of a squad that sits as the nation’s 30th-best team by RPI.
And it was a beautiful night at the Palestra on Tuesday for the Quakers. That is, until their game got fully underway.
Behind the efforts of former Penn Athletic Director and current Big 5 executive director Steve Bilsky, a “Big 5 Classic” doubleheader will return to 33rd Street tonight in a celebratory event to honor the 60th anniversary of the group’s inception.
2016 has already been a noteworthy year for two Penn basketball players no longer with the team.
From the warmup, you could tell that something was special about this Penn basketball game.
The Palestra crowd, often all too sparse in recent years, was today sizeable, raucous and often on their feet.
Freshmen play clutch minutes in near-victory
Penn basketball guard Antonio Woods has been declared ineligible for the remainder of the season.
On Tuesday, The Daily Pennsylvanian confirmed that Hicks had elected to play his final season at Louisville in 2016-17. We spoke to Hicks by phone Wednesday afternoon.
Tony Hicks, the former Penn basketball star who was slated to serve as a team captain in his final season with the Quakers before leaving the program in October, will transfer to Louisville.
The 80-45 win was the largest margin of victory for the Red and Blue since the 2005-06 season, when the then-Fran Dunphy-led Quakers demolished Cornell by 40
Against No. 17 Villanova, Penn was overwhelmed in the first half of a 77-57 loss and never fully recovered.