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August 12, 2014
THERE WAS no artificial turf or an inflatable plastic Eagles head for the players to run through onto the field, when the Birds won the 1960 NFL championship at Franklin Field, their home from 1958-70. But despite those differences, the bricks and concrete were the same yesterday, as the Eagles held their final public training-camp practice in front of a crowd of about 28,000 people, in the oldest stadium still being used for NCAA football, built on the Penn campus in 1895. Legends from the past were honored, and attendees included Chuck Bednarik, Pete Retzlaff and Jeremiah Trotter, among more than 30 others.
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June 27, 2014 | Staff Report
THE LAST time the Eagles won an NFL championship, the game was played at Franklin Field, the team's home from 1958-70. As part of this year's training camp schedule, one of the Birds' three open practices will take them back there for what's believed to be the first time since 1970. The date is Sunday, Aug. 10, with a start time of 12:15 p.m. That's subject to change. "We are excited to have the Eagles return," said Steve Bilsky, Penn's outgoing director of athletics. "The Eagles enjoyed so many memorable moments here, and we think [it]
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August 12, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
They saved Chuck Bednarik's introduction for last. He emerged Sunday onto Franklin Field through a giant, inflatable Eagles helmet. Steadying himself on a walker, the 89-year-old could not reach out to shake hands as he passed the column of current Eagles. So they went to him. Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin leaned in and said a few words. The two stood just a few yards from the spot where Bednarik sat on Green Bay running back Jim Taylor as the clock expired in the 1960 NFL championship game.
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April 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The men and women who run in the collegiate events at the Penn Relays face so much more at the carnival than the opportunity to compete on the track at Franklin Field for precious seconds out of a three-day, 36-hour, 250-event spectacle. There are distractions and changes from a normal track meet that tend to throw off newcomers and athletes who aren't tough-minded. Coaches like to see how their runners handle the commotion and difficulties at Penn, experiences that prepare them for future meets.
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September 10, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
La Salle and Malvern Prep are set to play under the lights and in front of a large crowd at historic Franklin Field. Aaron Brady, Malvern's third-year coach, says he spent considerable time talking with Penn administrators over the last year to make the contest a reality. "It's an opportunity to play on a great field against a great team," Brady said. "It's going to be a memorable experience for the kids. " La Salle, ranked No. 6 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, and No. 8 Malvern will square off at 8 p.m. Friday.
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September 30, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
They were just unpacking the GPS devices from the boxes in Penn's basketball offices. For their cars? No, for practice. Every Quakers men's hoops player is going to get a tracking device for the back of his jersey. It weighs about an ounce. "I don't know if we're allowed to wear them in games or not," said men's basketball coach Steve Donahue. "We're trying to figure that out. " Miles toiled will be added to a database that closely monitors sleep and nutrition and - here's where things really get state-of-the-art - individual traits such as load and explode and drive abilities.
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May 2, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
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June 27, 2014
   Franklin Field will host one of three open Eagles practices during training camp, which begins July 25.    The Eagles will practice at Franklin Field on Aug. 10 and at Lincoln Financial Field on July 28 and Aug. 3. Most practices will take place at the NovaCare Complex, where a few spectators, including season-ticket holders, will be selected to attend.    Tickets for the open practice at Franklin Field will be available at PennAthletics.com/Eagles beginning at 10 a.m. July 16. The two practices at the Linc will not require tickets.
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Filling in for injured halfback O'Shaan Allison, Zac Fernandez proved to be the X-factor for Malvern Prep in its nonleague triumph Friday night over La Salle. Fernandez, usually a slotback, carried 17 times for 94 yards and made an 11-yard touchdown catch as the Friars topped the Explorers, 21-12, at Franklin Field. Allison, a junior who rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 scores last season, sat out after suffering a shoulder injury in the previous week's 47-30 loss to South Jersey's St. Augustine Prep.
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September 18, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
Lehigh at Penn Saturday, 5 p.m., at Franklin Field   TV: None. Radio: WNTP (990-AM). Live stream: Ivy League Digital Network Records: Lehigh 0-2, Penn 0-0 History: Penn leads, 44-14. Lehigh, which has won 12 of the last 16 meetings, won last year at home, 42-21. It last played here in 2002. About Lehigh: Mountain Hawks lost at Villanova, 26-21, after leading 14-6 at halftime. . . . Coach Andy Coen was once an assistant on same Penn staff as Quakers coach Ray Priore.
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September 12, 2016 | Bill Lyon
Bill Lyon is a retired Inquirer sports columnist And still they come. Season after season. From venue after venue. Still they come. From venerable old Franklin Field, where, it is whispered, the ghosts of Chuck Bednarik and Steve Van Buren dance at midnight. From Veterans Stadium, where, it is whispered, human sacrifices were flung from the storied 700 Level. From Lincoln Financial Field, whose current residents await a merciful end to their suffering. And still they come.
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Filling in for injured halfback O'Shaan Allison, Zac Fernandez proved to be the X-factor for Malvern Prep in its nonleague triumph Friday night over La Salle. Fernandez, usually a slotback, carried 17 times for 94 yards and made an 11-yard touchdown catch as the Friars topped the Explorers, 21-12, at Franklin Field. Allison, a junior who rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 scores last season, sat out after suffering a shoulder injury in the previous week's 47-30 loss to South Jersey's St. Augustine Prep.
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September 10, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
La Salle and Malvern Prep are set to play under the lights and in front of a large crowd at historic Franklin Field. Aaron Brady, Malvern's third-year coach, says he spent considerable time talking with Penn administrators over the last year to make the contest a reality. "It's an opportunity to play on a great field against a great team," Brady said. "It's going to be a memorable experience for the kids. " La Salle, ranked No. 6 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, and No. 8 Malvern will square off at 8 p.m. Friday.
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September 9, 2016 | By Tim Kelly
  As lifelong Eagles fans, hope thrives despite zero Super Bowl wins and an overall title drought of 55 years. Why shouldn't it, we ask? True, there is a new rookie head coach, a new rookie quarterback, suspect talent at a few key positions, and low regard for our squad by the pundits. But it is also true that the Eagles are currently undefeated and we fans are actively engaged to help influence the outcome. We help provide one of the best home field advantages in the league.
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August 31, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
A YEAR AGO, Penn's football team was coming off a 2-8 season, had a new coach for the first time since 1992 in longtime assistant Ray Priore, and had been picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League, its lowest projection in 24 seasons. Then the Quakers started out 1-3, which included a win at Villanova, ranked fifth in FCS. Sandwiching that were 21-point losses at Lehigh and at home to Dartmouth. Then, a program that had dropped 15 of its last 18 proceeded to finish the season with six straight wins to end in a three-way tie for the title, its first since 2012.
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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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July 10, 2016 | By Elliott Denman, For The Inquirer
EUGENE, Ore. - When former West Catholic High School and University of Southern California star Nia Ali claimed a place in the women's 100-meter hurdles final with a 12.68 second place in her semifinal Friday afternoon at the Olympic trials, it proved to be just the beginning. Two hours later, she turned in the real shocker. In the day's final event, Ali ran the race of her life - placing third in the 100 final in the best time of her life, 12.55 - to win a Rio berth. Brianna Rollins (12.39)
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May 22, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Penn and Penn State's women's lacrosse teams are set to face off Saturday in State College in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. For either team, a win would mark a milestone in recent school history. Penn State hasn't made the semifinals since 1999, while Penn has not gotten there since 2009. The Lions (13-6) are coming off a 14-13 overtime win against Florida. Penn (15-4) decisively defeated its first two tournament opponents. The Quakers took down Wagner, 17-7, before overpowering Towson, 12-4.
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