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Whitney decides to expand athletic program with task force help

The Clarion University Athletics Task Force team, made up of representatives from the athletic department, gave its final recommendations to Clarion University President Karen Whitney. In conjunction with the Clarion Students’ Association, Whitney voted to substantially increase its allocation to the athletic department. The result is a starting point of a 20 percent increase in the athletic department operating budget with a 27 percent increase over a five-year period. “This plan ushers in a new era of excellence for our intercollegiate sports program,” Whitney said in a university press release. “I am confident that courageously acting upon this plan will
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Who will win College Football Playoff?

Andrew McDermott: Well, the college football regular season is almost over. All that is left are the conference championship and bowl games. This year features the first ever college football playoff system, replacing the Bowl Championship Series of year’s past. The top four teams in college football will play each other to determine the NCAA Football Champion. Alabama seems to be the team most secure in the top four, followed by Florida State, Oregon, and Texas Christian University. Baylor and Ohio State are the two teams looking to sneak their way in, depending on how the conference championship games play
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Howsare finalist for national award, NFL scouts continue to take notice

It was another dominating season for Clarion’s Julian Howsare. Another year manhandling opponents led to more well-deserved postseason awards, starting off being named PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Clarion’s monster on defense has earned himself a chance at the most prestigious defensive award in NCAA Division II. Howsare was named one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw award, for “Lineman of the Year.” Being named a finalist is already an accomplishment, but what happens as a result of this award could provide a spark to Howsare’s possible and hopeful NFL career, with
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Horner shines, Golden Eagle wrestling swept in weekend matches at Rider

Clarion’s wrestling team participated in two matches this past weekend in Lawrence, New Jersey and went head to head with Rider University and the University of Pennsylvania. The event did not go well for the Golden Eagles as they lost both matches and have now started the season 0-7. The first match loss was to Rider as the Eastern Wrestling League foes defeated Clarion 38-3. Junior Slade Horner won his bout at 165 pounds against Andrew Reca for the Golden Eagles’ only points against Rider. Horner had a second period escape and takedown to win his match. Junior John Pezze
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Opinion: Oregon Ducks are the best team in Division I College Football

In the first year of the College Football Playoff, the University of Oregon Ducks football team is the best in the country. One of the main reasons for this is because of the  talented redshirt junior quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota is without a doubt the leader of the Ducks and their high octane offense that has average the fourth most points per game in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season at 45.9. On the year, Mariota has completed 68.6 percent of his pass attempts and has 3,470 passing yards for 36 touchdowns. He is two-dimensional and a dynamic player as
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Clarion women’s volleyball takes clean sweep of PSAC awards

Clarion volleyball didn’t win the PSAC tournament, but it cleaned house when it came to post-season awards. The Golden Eagles walked away with the PSAC West Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year awards. PSAC West Athlete of the Year went to senior setter Laura Subject. She won the award for the second straight year. Subject finished the regular season with 140.5 overall points. She recorded 1,285 set assists. Her average of 11.37 sets per set led the conference and ranks as 16th best in all of Division II.
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Faceoff: Is the new college football playoff beneficial

Matt Catrillo: After many years of controversy with the Bowl Championship Series system, the NCAA has finally gotten its act together installing a playoff system. In the past, teams’ fate was determined by a computer. Not only was there an issue of the best teams not playing in the old BCS Bowl games, but always resulted in a computer determining who plays for the national championship, instead of playing it out, such as having a playoff system. What a noble idea. College football now has a chance for its teams to play for the national championship, instead of having two
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Golden Eagle wrestling struggles over weekend at Eastern Michigan

The Clarion University wrestling team took part in the Eastern Michigan University Duals in Ypsilanti, Michigan this past Saturday. The Golden Eagles lost all four of the duals to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (19-12), Northwestern (39-6), Central Michigan (34-6), and Northern Illinois (31-7). Clarion now starts the season at 0-4 and looking for answers after many key wrestlers transferred in the offseason. The Golden Eagles started the duals with a loss to Southern Illinois. The Cougars gave Clarion a 3-0 lead with a 4-1 decision over Kenny Baldridge at 125, but three straight losses at 133, 141 and 149 put
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