Sports

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.

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In the News


San Diego Union Tribune

When 3 years of training came down to 2 minutes of running, Nia Akins was ready. Now the Rancho Bernardo High graduate is headed to the Olympics

School of Nursing graduate Nia Akins has become America’s top hope for an Olympic gold medal in the 800-meter run.

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NBC Philadelphia

Athletes with Philly-area, NJ ties in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

Penn graduates Nia Akins and Marc Michello have qualified for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

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Associated Press

Record-breaking Matthew Fallon leads young contingent on U.S. men’s Olympic swim team

Rising fourth-year Matthew Fallon of Warren, New Jersey, has qualified for the men’s U.S. Olympic swimming team.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

These Penn Relays will have more prestige in the track world, and more prize money for stars

This year’s Penn Relays again will have a set of races with big international stars on Saturday, and though exact numbers weren’t provided, the increase in prize money more than doubles what it was before.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

She graduated from Penn in 2023. Now, she’s the Quakers’ director of football operations

Jordyn Hall is Penn’s director of football operations, a role she’s had since last spring when she was a fourth-year student.

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