PENN WILL HOLD a news conference this morning to announce that next season will be the last for head football coach Al Bagnoli, who has guided the Quakers to nine Ivy League titles since 1992.
Sources confirmed to the Daily News that Bagnoli, in a move that comes as no surprise to those who know him best, is stepping down at age 61. Ray Priore, who has been on the Penn staff for 27 seasons, will take over. He's been the defensive coordinator for the last 16 seasons and associate head coach for the past nine.
The word is that Bagnoli probably will want to continue working for the university in some capacity, perhaps in fundraising.
Bagnoli's record in West Philly is 144-67. Including his 10 seasons at Division III Mount Union, where he lost in the title game twice, his career mark is 230-86. His Quakers last won the Ivy in 2012.
His farewell will be Nov. 22 at Cornell. His last game at Franklin Field will be the week before that, against Harvard. He'll host Villanova, coached by longtime friend Andy Talley, whom he's never beaten, for the final time on Sept. 27.
This is the latest move within Penn athletics. M. Grace Calhoun will succeed retiring athletic director Steve Bilsky on July 1. Bilsky, who will become the new executive director of the Big 5, has been in that position for 2 decades.