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Football hero

A new statue at Franklin Field will honor Penn alum and NFL Hall-of-Famer Chuck Bednarik. Known as “Concrete Charlie,” Bednarik played for the Quakers from 1945 to 1948, and then for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 to 1962.

Historic Palestra floor makes a rebound

Known as the “Cathedral of Basketball,” the Palestra opened in 1927 and has grown into one of the most historic collegiate arenas in the nation. The celebrated gymnasium has hosted more games and visiting teams and NCAA tournament games than any other college facility in the country.

Greg Johnson

Putting the Palestra on film

Mikaelyn Austin remembers visiting the Palestra as a high school senior, during her Penn recruiting trip, and seeing a photo of former Penn basketball star Michael Jordan sitting atop one of the arena’s hoops, swinging the recently cut net over his head after a momentus win.

Tim Hyland

Law prof gets handed a labor football

This past January, while half the country was huddled around the TV watching the Super Bowl and scarfing down Buffalo wings, David Berger Professor of Law Stephen Burbank was in sunny San Diego, taking it all in live.

Sandy Smith



In the News


Philly.com

Steve Donahue and the Quakers look to draw on last year’s success

In preparing for this season, coach Steve Donahue and the players acknowledge they could all feed off last year's success.

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Philly.com

A.J. Brodeur, fresh off a trip to the NCAA Tournament, wants to keep adding to Penn’s basketball legacy

Brodeur, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Ivy League Tournament, is looking to win the first game in the NCAA Tournament this season, and help bring the team to the Sweet 16.

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Philly.com

Eleah Parker, fresh off rookie-of-the-year season, is looking to lead Penn women’s basketball this year

During her first season at Penn, Parker was a two-time Ivy League and Big 5 player of the week, eight-time Ivy League rookie of the week, and two-time USBWA national freshman of the week.

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The New York Times

Ivy League football saw large reduction in concussions after new kickoff rules

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Douglas Wiebe authored a study that found a reduction in concussion rates in football players after a change to kickoff rules. “It’s great to see a success story here,” said Wiebe. However, he added, “we do need to step back and think about the rest of the game.”

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Time

Football concussion rates plummet after one simple rule change, study shows

Penn researchers have found that adjusting the kickoff line by 5-yards prevented players from getting up to “full speed,” dramatically reducing the likelihood of a concussion-inducing tackle. “It’s a real public health success story,” said Douglas Wiebe of the Perelman School of Medicine.

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