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

Philadelphia Inquirer

Almost two years after the football world left them behind, the Ivy League and a new-look Penn team return to the field

Penn was one of the Ivy League schools affected by a season without football in 2020. The team couldn’t even formally work out and lift until February of this year. Some of Penn’s veteran players stuck it out, and head coach Ray Priore will continue to rely on those players this season.


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Penn’s Marc Minichello finishes in fourth place at U.S. Olympic Trials men’s javelin competition

Penn senior Marc Minichello, who led the qualifying round in the men’s javelin, finished fourth at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. His fourth and best throw of 251 feet, 9 inches (76.73 meters) bettered his qualifying round throw.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Celebrating a love of learning, teaching, and the Penn Relays

Gloria and Jim Ruffins are fans of the Penn Relays. After every event, they began hosting a party at their house. What started as eight people and pizza has grown to 68 people and a gourmet buffet. They will know life is normal again when the Relays return.


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An abbreviated Penn Relays returns for one day as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Collegiate Invitational

A field of 18 local teams, including all the Big 5 schools, will compete on April 23 at Franklin Field, with the event hosted by the Penn Relays.


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Penn Relays to host an April 24 track and field meet featuring 15 to 20 local schools

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Intercollegiate meet will take place at Franklin Field on what was to be the final day of the 126th carnival, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Penn Relays director Dave Johnson says that the Philadelphia “Mets,” a revival of the collegiate meet that ran annually from 1963 through 1987, mostly at Franklin Field, will feature all the Big 5 universities plus Delaware and Rider, along with Division II and Division III schools and junior colleges.