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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Penn's Glen Miller Calls Out the Ivy League

If you were to ask yourself, "What Would Fran Dunphy Do?", my guess is that he certainly wouldn't have done this.

Columbia hammered Penn last night in NYC, 74-58, as the Quakers played without their leading scorer, super frosh Tyler Bernardini. Naturally, Penn Coach Glen Miller was frustrated, but he had this to say to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tannenwald: "We'll have better days ahead," he said. "I would just say to our opponents in the Ivy League: Enjoy it; it won't last long."

History has proven that had Penn or Princeton coaches thought a thought like that, they were ostensibly right, as neither program stays down for too long. But saying it certainly is something else, and we'll find out a little more about how long "it" will last when the Quakers travel to Ithaca tonight to play league frontrunner Cornell, which is 5-0 and the favorite to win the league.

Somehow, I don't think that Penn's legendary coach Fran Dunphy would have made that statement (or even another quote in the article about the limitations of a Columbia player who played well last night).

Locker room bulletin board material? Of course. But is it bragging if you back it up? Penn clearly has a lot of talent, but it's young talent, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the Ivies respond.

But right now, it looks as though all Glen Miller is doing is stepping in "it."


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