Saturday, November 28, 2015

Penn fires its coach

But not the one some have been talking about.

Penn fires its coach


There has been a lot of debate this season about whether Penn would retain its basketball coach after another season without an Ivy League title.

Well, it appears a decision has been made.

Pat Knapp has been dismissed after five season at the Palestra.

“We are disappointed that we did not attain the levels of success we anticipated,” Penn athletic director Steve Bilsky said in a press release. “We thank Pat for his efforts, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

What, you were expecting a different name?

Okay, maybe you specifically weren't, because this is a women's basketball blog. But I know of many people who would like to see the Quakers' men's coach leave as well and probably clicked on the headline of this post for that reason. So you took the bait - there's nothing to see here about Glen Miller. But then again, my job is to drive traffic on this site, isn't it?

Back to Knapp. He compiled a 48-90 record in his five years at Penn, and was 28-42 in Ivy League games. His biggest accomplishment came in his first season, when the Quakers set a program record with two Big 5 wins and beat St. Joseph's for the first time in program history.

But he could not do what his predecessor, Kelly Greenberg, did twice: win the Ivy League. In the end, that has always been the first standard by which Penn coaches are judged. It was even more the case with Knapp, because Greenberg is the only Quakers coach to have ever achieved the feat.

It will now be someone else's job to return the program to that level.

Mel will be along later with his thoughts on the nes, so stay tuned.

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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

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