NCAA Allows Cal U. and Other Campuses to Maintain Athletic Programs | Local News

The Clarion Golden Eagles will keep flying, the Edinboro Fighting Scots will keep brawling, and the California Vulcans will keep blazing.

This follows a decision by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee allowing the universities of California, Edinboro and Clarion to maintain separate athletic programs at each campus after the three campuses merged to become the Pennsylvania Western. University on July 1.

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, president of Clarion University and acting director of the California and Edinboro campuses, said the NCAA approval “reflects the confidence in our campuses to successfully run these programs and the important role that a strong intercollegiate program plays on a university campus and recognizes the impact that our student-athletes have on our campuses and in our communities.

The NCAA has given similar approval to Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg universities, three northeast campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) that will merge this summer to become Commonwealth University. Institutions are combining academic and administrative functions after years of declining enrollment and funding.

There are dozens of sports programs between the three campuses, including wrestling, softball, and swimming, as well as basketball and soccer. Cal U. offers seven sports for men and eight sports for women.

“The excitement of intercollegiate athletics will continue for players and fans when the integrated university begins enrolling students in August,” said Daniel Greenstein, chancellor of PASSHE.

He also described the decision as “another major step toward building these powerful institutions and it’s great news for our universities, our system, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, and most importantly, our student-athletes.”