Friday, November 27, 2015


Steve Donahue stands on his own as Penn's coach

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10:27 PM
Even amid the din of shooting drills, Steve Donahue’s trademark whistle echoes with gusto off the painted brick walls that surround Penn’s practice court. To anyone who has come across Donahue during his coaching career, it’s a familiar sound. Indeed, it’s been heard on 33rd... Read more

Penn eyes IAAF Diamond League meet for new Franklin Field track

Monday, October 19, 2015, 4:06 PM
Updated on Monday, Oct. 19: Representatives of the IAAF and Diamond League told me that in order for Franklin Field to get a Diamond League-status meet, Penn would have to create a meet first and then apply to get it Diamond League status. The Diamond League representative also said the organization... Read more

Steve Donahue takes aim at Penn basketball's biggest challenge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 9:50 PM
Without any prompting, Steve Donahue directly addressed one of the most important challenges he will face as the 20th head coach in the 115-year history of the Penn men's basketball program. "The days are over in this league where you can rely on this building and the Big 5, and it's going to take... Read more

Jerome Allen leaves with his dignity intact

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7:59 PM
The scene was bleak. It was supposed to be a night for saluting a Penn basketball legend’s attempt to rescue his alma mater from the historical depths to which it had fallen. It was supposed to be a night to acknowledge that while Jerome Allen couldn’t get the job done, that was no reflection... Read more

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
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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.

Jonathan Tannenwald
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