Team preview: Pennsylvania

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 3:29 PM ET
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In mid-August, for more than a week, Penn players, administration and fans alike held their collective breath as La Salle courted longtime Quakers coach Fran Dunphy.

On Aug. 18, Dunphy made his decision, announcing that he would decline the offer from his alma mater and return for a 16th season at Penn.

"It was a very difficult choice for me, especially because La Salle, my alma mater, was calling on you," Dunphy said. "It was a tough decision that took a long time to make and I told La Salle that I would still like to help them any way I can.

"I was going to turn my back on one of my schools either way."

With the ordeal behind him, Dunphy is again solely focused on winning his ninth Ivy League title at Penn. The task will not be easy, as the Quakers return just two of their top five scorers from a season ago, when they finished 10-4 in the Ivy League and won 17 games overall. Not a bad campaign, especially considering most thought of 2003-04 as a rebuilding year, but for Penn, anything short of a league crown falls short of its own expectations.