Wednesday, February 10, 2016


After many years away, Ibrahim Jaaber returns to Penn

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 4:51 PM
If you were among the 8,030 fans at Wednesday's Big 5 doubleheader, you might have noticed that during the Penn-St. Joe's game, public address announcer Rich Kahn made a point of saying "Welcome back to the Palestra" when introducing Ibrahim Jaaber as one of the stars of the 2000s. It wasn't just... Read more

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

Palestra to host Big 5 doubleheader in January

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 8:39 AM
Two times in recent months we've seen reports surface about discussions to get a Big 5 doubleheader into the Palestra at some point during the 2015-16 season. On Wednesday, confirmation finally came that a twinbill will happen. The date to save is Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Temple will play La Salle... 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

Penn coach Jerome Allen to resign after season ends

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 3:14 PM
UPDATE: On Sunday, Penn made it official: Jerome Allen will resign at the end of the season. That Allen's departure officially comes as a resignation instead of a firing allows one of the legendary players in Quakers history to leave his post with some dignity. But there's no question that new Penn... Read more

Penn's Tony Hicks suspended for weekend games at Harvard, Dartmouth

Friday, February 20, 2015, 4:21 PM
Updated Saturday with an addendum of quotes from Penn coach Jerome Allen after Friday night's 69-46 loss to Harvard. BOSTON - It turns out that Tony Hicks' indiscipline in the late stages of last Saturday's loss to Brown had consequences beyond that night. Just hours before Friday night's game at... Read more

Big 5 unveils stellar 2015 Hall of Fame class

Monday, February 2, 2015, 3:17 PM
If you were starting to wonder when the Big 5 would announce this year's Hall of Fame class, the news came Monday. And it was worth the wait. This year's class is loaded with marquee names. The biggest headliner is Temple legend Pepe Sanchez, a two-time Big 5 MVP who still holds the Owls' assists-per-game... 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
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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 Staff Writer
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