Last Monday, Princeton announced that it was discontinuing its long-beleaguered sprint football team, effective immediately.
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.
Bill Wagner, who has headed Penn’s sprint football program for the past forty-five years, has coached thousands of players during his time in Franklin Field.
Technically, two teams stepped on Franklin Field to play a game of sprint football. Based on the final score, however, only one actually showed up.
There might not be much left at stake, but there is still plenty to play for.
After being eliminated from CSFL championship contention in last week's double overtime lose to Army West Point, the Penn sprint football team (4-2) looks to reset and finish the season on a high note against rival Princeton (0-6) in the season finale this Friday.
It is commonplace for athletes to use the metaphor of brotherhood or sisterhood when describing the nature of their relationship with teammates.
So that's what the sprint in sprint football stands for.
The team travelled to Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell’s home turf — to take on the Big Red in a key Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) matchup. As the fourth quarter clock ran down, the score read 29-12 in favor of the Red and Blue.
Penn football’s recent upset victory over Villanova — the program’s first in more than 100 years — has sent tremors throughout the Penn Athletics community.
Number 29 got the ball with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of Penn sprint football’s home opener. With the Quakers already up 7-0, the freshman running back looked like he wasn’t going to gain any yardage as multiple Franklin Pierce players made contact with him.
But he shocked everyone by fending off the Quakers' opponents before reeling off another 20 yards into the endzone.
The game was over, and although he stood watching on the sidelines for the last 12 minutes of the fourth quarter, Max Jones was still registering the results of first collegiate game.
Out with the old, in with the... Wait, not this week.
Penn sprint football played its annual Alumni Game last Saturday, as the current Quakers' squad took on a group of recent program graduates.
While Mike Beamish may have graced the gridiron at Franklin Field last Saturday, Penn sprint football will have to adjust to life without its former star and captain this season.
Beamish participated for the fifth time in the program's annual Alumni Game last weekend, but not as a member of the Quakers' current team.
What is one of, if not the fastest-growing intercollegiate varsity sport in the United States?
If you guessed sprint football, you’re correct!
Up in Rindge, N.H., lies Franklin Pierce. Perhaps it’s not an institution that Penn students hear about frequently in the world of Penn athletics, but for the 49 players on the Quakers’ sprint football roster, it’s a household name nonetheless.
This weekend, Penn sprint football will officially begin its season against its New England counterpart, under the sun at Franklin Field on Saturday.
For Penn sprint football, Eric Furda is something more than the Dean of Admissions.
The Red and Blue were scheduled to face Princeton on Halloween, but the Tigers were forced to forfeit.
It’s the end of an era for Penn sprint football. Friday’s season-ending game will mark the end of the Penn careers of running back Mike Beamish, defensive back Keith Braccia, offensive lineman Alex Smith and four other seniors.
While it may not have been the on-field performance the team was looking for, Penn sprint football had a night to remember as it honored its senior players in their final home game.