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October 16, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOR THE last 23 years they worked side-by-side, helping Penn's football team win nine Ivy League championships. Al Bagnoli and Ray Priore. They took their families on vacations together. When Priore tore his Achilles' and couldn't drive, they commuted together to West Philly from their South Jersey homes. This summer Priore was invited to the wedding when Bagnoli's son got married. When Priore got his first win last month at Villanova, an opponent Bagnoli never beat, one of the first texts he got was from his former boss.
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November 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday at Cornell in a game matching 1-8 teams, Al Bagnoli will coach for the final time at Penn in a career that spans 23 seasons and includes an Ivy League record nine outright championships. Bagnoli, 61, announced in the spring that this would be his final season. He has a career 147-80 mark at Penn and said he will remain working in the athletic department. The final details of his new job are still being worked out. "I have had the great pleasure of being the head coach, dealing with some great kids, having some great memories, and really making great relationships with players, coaches, alumni, administrators, etcetera," Bagnoli said earlier this week as Penn ran a crisp practice in bone-chilling weather.
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November 3, 2005 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ESPN's television cameras have been all over Penn's campus this week. They are trailing the Quakers' football team for an episode of the The Season, a show that chronicles a different college football team each week. The Penn segment is scheduled to be shown next Thursday. "We're delighted they chose us," Penn coach Al Bagnoli said yesterday. "It's been a very interesting, very enjoyable - so far - and very unique experience for the kids and I. " Bagnoli thinks the positive distraction, as he refers to it, may have come at a good time, three weeks after the suicide of running back Kyle Ambrogi.
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September 14, 2007 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When they arrived on the Penn campus as freshmen in 2004, they figured on adding to the history of success enjoyed by Quakers football under coach Al Bagnoli. Now seniors, these 20 players are trying to avoid making history of a more dubious nature, becoming the first class to not win an Ivy League championship ring. The Quakers have won or shared six Ivy titles since Bagnoli took control in 1992, the last one in 2003. The three-year drought without a crown matches the longest of the Bagnoli era, along with the dry spell of 1995-97.
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October 26, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The demand to see Al Bagnoli when he returns to his hometown of New Haven, Conn., is still heavy, even if Bagnoli is spending his 11th season as the head football coach at Penn. Bagnoli estimates he'll have at least 75 friends and family members at the Yale Bowl today when the Quakers, seeking to remain unbeaten in the Ivy League, take on the Bulldogs. If only Bagnoli's cheering section could turn around the Quakers' fortunes at Yale. Penn (4-1 overall, 2-0 Ivy) has lost its last two games at the Yale Bowl.
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November 11, 1995 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Al Bagnoli has spent the better part of this week worried less about X's and O's and more about helping everyone keep perspective. The reality is this: The Quakers have no shot at an Ivy League title. That motivation is missing today as Penn (5-3 overall, 3-2 Ivy League) takes on Harvard at Harvard Stadium in its final road game of the season. And what's worse for Bagnoli's players and Quakers alumni, it was Princeton that knocked Penn out of Ivy title contention, with a 22-9 victory last week.
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September 3, 1992 | By M. G. Missanelli, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Al Bagnoli sat down to review game films from the University of Pennsylvania 1991 football season, he was, admittedly, primed for disaster. The Penn Quakers finished 2-8 last season. They lost at home and away. They lost by 45 points and they lost by four. They even lost to Columbia. "They lost some tough games last year," said Bagnoli, who came to Penn in January after a long coaching stint at Division III Union College. "I mean, games that got away in the final few moments that just tear a team's guts out. I'm thinking, how could they possibly get up to play the following week?
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January 8, 1998 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Al Bagnoli, Penn's head football coach, hasn't been in town much in the last month, busy with recruiting and the American Football Coaches Association convention. But he has felt the criticism fired his way. University officials announced last week that the Quakers would forfeit five victories because of the participation of an ineligible player, star defensive tackle Mitch Marrow. Besides the obvious image problem at an Ivy League school, the move dropped Penn to a 1-9 record for the season.
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September 2, 1993 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now that he has a year under his belt as Penn's head football coach, now that his players know his routine, now that he has familiarized himself with the rest of the Ivy League, Al Bagnoli can make the Quakers serious Ivy contenders. Maybe, but that familiarity stuff works both ways. Bagnoli came to Penn last year as an unknown quantity. He ended the season as the Ivy League's unofficial coach of the year, leading the Quakers to a 7-3 record. At the same time, he exhibited a deep bag of tricks.
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September 24, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Penn football coach Al Bagnoli sees his players every day. He knows they have talent. He also knows they should be tough to beat when they play as he expects them to. But until the Quakers meet those expectations, they might be as frustrating as they are exciting. They were both in yesterday's 45-28 victory over Lafayette at Franklin Field. The Quakers (1-1) built a 38-7 lead in the third quarter, only to watch the Leopards (1-2) make it 38-28 with 10 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the game.
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August 11, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
PRESEASON MEDIA polls are nothing more than hopefully educated projections and a place to start. A year ago, coming off a 2-8 season and with a new coach in longtime assistant Ray Priore, Penn's football team was picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League, the lowest it had been voted in more than two decades. So the Quakers proceeded to win their last six games - which meant going on the road in November and handing defending champion Harvard its lone loss - to get their first title since 2012.
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November 23, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania, in its first year under coach Ray Priore, completed an unlikely season Saturday at Franklin Field, dominating overmatched Cornell, 34-21, to win a share of the 2015 Ivy League championship. The Quakers (7-3, 6-1 Ivy) will share the title with Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1) and Harvard (9-1, 6-1). Dartmouth rallied late to defeat Princeton, 17-10, and Harvard beat Yale, 38-19. The title, Penn's 17th, marks the first time the Quakers have captured the Ivy League crown since 2012.
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November 21, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 2014 football season ended with Penn going 2-8, tight end Ryan O'Malley didn't know what to expect in his final season as a Quaker. "There was a lot of uncertainty, especially after the season ended with all the changes and with us not knowing what the future was going to be like," said O'Malley, a fifth-year senior who has two receiving touchdowns this seasons. O'Malley and his teammates had to adjust to longtime defensive coordinator Ray Priore replacing Al Bagnoli (23 seasons)
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November 20, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
Saturday, 1 p.m. Franklin Field TV: None. Radio: WFIL (560-AM) Records: Cornell 1-8, 1-5 Ivy; Penn 6-3, 5-1. History: Penn leads, 70-46-5. Penn won last year at Cornell, 34-26, in Al Bagnoli's last game. Cornell has won last two games here. About Cornell: Big Red beat Columbia last week at home, 3-0 . . . Each of its first three losses were by seven points or less. In two of them they led by double digits . . . Luke Hagy averages 4.9 yards per carry. He's scored five of their six rushing TDs . . . Robert Somborn has thrown for 10 TDs, with eight picks . . . David Archer was the youngest coach in Division I when he was hired a year ago. About Penn: Quakers won at No. 12 Harvard, 35-25, to break Crimson's 22-game win streak . . . They've won five straight . . . They've allowed seven points in Ivies in fourth quarter . . . They'll clinch at least a share of the title with a win . . . Soph WR Justin Watson, who had career highs of 149 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing, was National FCS Player of the Week . . . Ray Priore is trying to become first Penn coach to get a ring in his debut since 1986 (Ed Zubrow)
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November 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME Penn was picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League football standings was 1992, in Al Bagnoli's debut, when it was coming off a 2-8 season. That year, the Quakers went 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the league, finishing third. Until this year, they hadn't been out of the top four in any preseason poll since then. Again they had a new coach, in longtime assistant Ray Priore. And once more they'd gone 2-8 the year before. In 1992, they lost their Ivy opener at Dartmouth by 19. In early October, these Quakers dropped their Ivy opener to Dartmouth by 21 at home.
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November 20, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
No, you couldn't see this coming. Especially if you were at Franklin Field on a cold first Saturday in October as Penn got manhandled by Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener. The Quakers were going to streak through the rest of the Ivy? Zero chance. Zero. Zero percent chance. With a new coach, coming off a two-win season? Although . . . Penn had beaten Villanova the week before Dartmouth, winning that one for the first time in 104 years. Couldn't see that coming at all, coming off a bad opening loss at Lehigh.
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November 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IF YOU HAD asked first-year Penn coach Ray Priore, the program's longtime defensive coordinator, two months ago whether the Quakers (4-3, 3-1 Ivy League) would be where they are, his response would have been what? "Honestly, no," acknowledged Priore, whose team has won three straight for the first time since 2012 to get into contention heading into Saturday afternoon's home game against Princeton (5-2, 2-2). "We knew we had some challenges in front of us, knowing what we graduated and what our needs were.
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October 19, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For 23 seasons as the coach at Penn, Al Bagnoli put together more good game plans than bad. And more often than not, his teams carried out those directives. But in his first game against the Quakers Saturday, as the coach at Columbia, the mistakes that his new team committed made an upset impossible. Penn scored 42 straight points in a 42-7 victory over Columbia at Robert K. Kraft Field. "We knew we had to play well," Bagnoli said. "We didn't anticipate making the number of mistakes that we made, and obviously that starts with me. It doesn't really matter who you are playing.
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October 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Penn head coach Ray Priore had texted his old boss congratulations after Al Bagnoli had won his first Columbia game last weekend. A few days later, Priore realized his text hadn't gone through. Driving home from practice, Priore called Bagnoli. After laughing about that, they hung up . . . over an hour later. That's not the norm during the week two head coaches are facing each other, talking for 75 minutes three nights before the kickoff, but there was nothing completely normal about this week for these men. "I knew today would be crazy," Priore said of the call.
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October 16, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOR THE last 23 years they worked side-by-side, helping Penn's football team win nine Ivy League championships. Al Bagnoli and Ray Priore. They took their families on vacations together. When Priore tore his Achilles' and couldn't drive, they commuted together to West Philly from their South Jersey homes. This summer Priore was invited to the wedding when Bagnoli's son got married. When Priore got his first win last month at Villanova, an opponent Bagnoli never beat, one of the first texts he got was from his former boss.
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