Sports

For the Record: Muhammad Ali visits Penn

On March 6, 1968, while he was exiled from boxing for refusing to be drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, 26, visited Penn and addressed an audience of 2,500 in Irvine Auditorium.

Greg Johnson

Youth football camp

Penn football is hosting a youth camp this summer for all children ages 7-13 from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23.

Penn picked to repeat as Ivy League football champions

Looking to accomplish the unprecedented, the University of Pennsylvania football team was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Ivy League title on Tuesday at the annual Ivy League Football Media Day teleconference.

Mike Mahoney

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

Rich Bonfiglio named new men’s tennis coach

Bonfiglio began his coaching career at Trinity in 2011 and coached at Ithaca, Amherst, the University of San Diego, Columbia, and USC before coming to Penn.

Penn Today Staff



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

After a back injury, this Penn senior’s record-breaking track success is ‘a long time coming’

Penn fourth-year Isabella Whittaker has set multiple program and Ivy League records this season and has Olympic hopes.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

For Penn’s wrestling team, an ‘innovative’ succession plan from one program legend to another

Matt Valenti will take over the Penn wrestling program in 2025-26, when longtime coach Roger Reina will move into an emeritus role for one season before retiring from coaching.

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Marketplace (NPR)

The success of women’s college basketball is more than just Caitlin Clark

Kenneth Shropshire of the Wharton School says that women’s college basketball needs to cultivate more superstars and superstar matchups like Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese to keep investors bought in and fans engaged.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

With one jump, Scott Toney set a Penn pole vault record, and topped his late brother’s mark in a fitting tribute

Scott Toney, a Wharton School fourth-year and pole vaulter from Mountainview, California, recently broke the Penn program record in a tribute to Marc Toney, his late brother and fellow pole vaulter.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Meet the Masterman junior who just represented Brazil in the Youth Olympics

Masterman junior and Youth Olympics speedskater Lucas Koo, the son of Hyun (Michel) Koo of the School of Dental Medicine, hopes to attend the Wharton School after graduation.

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