When it was his turn to speak on Wednesday at the weekly small college footbal luncheon, which was held at Penn, Quakers coach Al Bagnoli related what happened earlier that day.
``We get to work early this morning, and we find out there's a racoon in the building," Bagnoli said to laughter. ``I have no idea how a racoon gets into a building. It makes its way up the steps where the football offices are. We have a cleaning lady, and she's trapped. She goes into the film room and locks the door. We lock the outside door, so the racoon is stuck between the two doors. We then call security, who then call animal control. We had like a hostage situation going on. Finally, at about 9:30, the hostage situation was over, from 6:30. You can't make this stuff up."
While Bagnoli opened with the funny story, how Ivy League teams are scheduled is no laughing matter to him.
This week, Penn (1-2 overall) will host Fordham (1-3) of the Patriot league. With a victory over Dartmouth last week in league play, two-time defending champ Penn is 1-0 in the Ancient Eight.