After it was canceled a year ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will return this year on March 19. Unfortunately for the Ivy League, there will not be any teams from the Ancient Eight participating in this year’s tournament after the league canceled the winter season. However, there will be a handful of graduate transfers from the Ivy League who will still look to make an impact in March Madness.
In a normal year, highly sought-after high school recruits have numerous opportunities to consider their options. They can go on official school visits, speak in-person with coaches and other players, and truly get a feel for the athletic programs. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the operation of athletics, it has been hard for high school recruits to get a feel for their prospective schools.
Title IX, a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, was enacted June 23, 1972 and its interpretation was published in June, 1974. It was designed to prevent discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities, including athletics.
For some, the new exception changes little, especially for those who didn't have any plans to go to graduate school or play another season. However, for others, it was a decision that came at an inconvenient time and impacted plans for next year.
Built in 1927, the Palestra acquired its name from Greek professor William N. Bates after the ancient Greek term “palæstra,” a rectangular enclosure connected to a gymnasium in which athletes would compete in front of an audience.
Two days prior to the Ivy League’s Feb. 18 decision to cancel all conference competition for 2021 spring sports, Penn men’s lacrosse addressed a letter to Ivy League presidents and athletic directors conveying why they believed that the cancelation of spring competition would prove to be extremely detrimental to student-athletes.
The Penn men's soccer team decided to take action and create a diversity and inclusion committee to promote social justice awareness and make a difference on the field, on Penn’s campus, and in the West Philadelphia community.
Justin Watson became the first Quaker in years to win a Super Bowl ring after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took down the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Jim Finn, a fullback for the Quakers from 1995-1999, won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2007, but his road to a ring was the more unconventional one of the two.
In the wake of the protests and racial activism of last summer, Penn women's soccer, along with the other seven Ivy League teams, formed the Justice Coalition to further their commitment to advancing social justice issues in their communities.
In February 2021, Penn announced that current freshmen must enroll in a dining plan during their sophomore year, sparking confusion and backlash from students. For athletes, who often follow strict nutritional guidelines as part of their training, this new policy spurred conflicting opinions.
After former Penn Athletics Director Andy Geiger resigned in late 1978 to accept the same job at Stanford, Penn was left in a precarious position. The ensuing search process led Penn to two interviews with Sayers.
In the United States, the origins of rowing are traced mainly to New York. The sport then spread rapidly throughout New England, and soon after ended up in Philadelphia. Once the rowing craze arrived in Philadelphia, Penn's interest in rowing increased, and eventually, students got involved.
From intramural games in 1871 to winning seven national titles in a 30-year span between 1894 and 1924, and finally, to being a part of the Ivy League since 1956, football has been a part of the University for almost 150 years.