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It still does not look real, the image of former Penn football coach Al Bagnoli standing at a podium in front of a bunch of Columbia logos.
Bagnoli, in the foreground, is second in wins and conference titles in Ivy League history. He had three perfect seasons at Penn before calling it quits at the end of last season.
PHILADELPHIA — Let’s take a look at the second night of Harvard men’s basketball.
Literally, I’m talking about Saturday night’s 63-38 victory over Penn to sweep a back-to-back road trip against the Quakers and Princeton.
Let’s go through what we know first, and then we can talk about why none of it matters much.
1. The Harvard football team is your 2014 Ivy League champion. With a 34-24 win over Penn Saturday, the Crimson clinched a share of coach Tim Murphy’s eighth Ivy title and moved one game away from a perfect season.
I walked into Harvard Stadium Saturday expecting not to learn anything about the Crimson football team during its matchup with 0-7 (now 0-8) Columbia. I walked out of the Stadium admitting I had been wrong.
Of course the game was the blowout everyone expected, a 45-0 win only because Harvard (8-0, 5-0 Ivy) did not want to score anymore in the fourth quarter. The Lions still have not scored on the Crimson since 2011 and have won just four games in those four years.
At the end of this column (no peeking), I am going to write something I never expected to see in this paper this season.
I certainly would not have predicted this column before the season started, back when so many fresh feet were tasked with filling such big cleats on defense.