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New Penn athletic director M. Grace Calhoun settling into job

Monday, August 4, 2014, 10:40 PM
Just over a month ago, M. Grace Calhoun officially succeeded Steve Bilsky as Penn's athletic director. I recently had the chance to sit down with her at her office in Weightman Hall for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Here's the transcript of our conversation. So how have things been so far? Things... Read more

Frozen Four leaves lasting memories in Philadelphia

Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:50 PM
I was ready for Philadelphia to host the Frozen Four from the moment the city was first awarded the event back in 2010. Those of you who've been reading my blog for a long time might remember that I covered the 2009 edition when it was in D.C. It was one of the most fun college sports spectacles I've... Read more

Temple grad Suzanne Smith to direct CBS' NCAA tournament coverage in Buffalo

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 4:41 PM
It is no secret that I am a fan of Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery's work calling college basketball games on CBS. I know many of you are too. You know by now that they'll be in Buffalo with Villanova and Saint Joseph's, which will make those broadcasts even more fun to watch. Earlier this week,... Read more

Steve Bilsky reflects on his time as Penn’s athletic director

Friday, November 22, 2013, 4:05 PM
Although Thursday's announcement that Penn athletic director Steve Bilsky will retire in June was not expected, it also was not surprising. As Penn's release with the news noted, Bilsky just finished an enormous capital campaign that raised $125 million. Since returning to his alma mater 20 years... Read more

This is a basketball arena

Friday, March 29, 2013, 2:37 PM
To paraphrase the old chant: Is that a college basketball venue? Yes, that's a college basketball venue. Or so the NCAA would like us to believe. For the next few days, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is hosting the NCAA tournament's South Regional. It looks garish enough during football games... Read more

The soul of the Big East is still alive

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:22 PM
Just over a year ago, I wrote an essay in which I lamented the loss of the Big East conference that I grew up knowing. It turned out that the conference's soul had not fully disappeared. It was rescued from extinction, and it will get new life when the new Big East arrives next season. The formal... Read more

Butler shows off the Atlantic 10's depth in beating Richmond at Hinkle Fieldhouse

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:20 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - I'm out here for the week covering Major League Soccer's college draft. But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to swing by Butler University's famed Hinkle Fieldhouse, so I headed there Wednesday night to watch the Bulldogs' first ever Atlantic 10 conference home game. I had been here... Read more

The Big East is dead (or at least dying). Long live the Big East.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 9:32 AM
UPDATE: When I originally wrote this post Tuesday morning, I did not mean it to be entirely serious. It was just an idea to kick around. But now's Andy Katz is reporting that the Atlantic 10 is in fact open to welcoming the Big East's Catholic contingent. As such, this idea becomes a lot... Read more

From the archives: An exclusive interview with Pat Summitt

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:27 AM
When the news broke Wednesday afternoon that Pat Summitt was stepping aside from her duties as head women's basketball coach at Tennessee, my mind flashed back to the one time in my life that I met her. Five years ago, I traveled to Knoxville for former Inquirer writer Mel Greenberg's induction into... Read more

The soul of the Big East

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 12:44 PM
WASHINGTON - Sometimes I write posts based on facts, and sometimes I write posts based on opinions. This post is squarely in the latter category, save for a few facts that should be established at the start. On Saturday, I watched a college basketball game between a private university with an undergraduate... Read more
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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