Coming off a 12-2 season a year ago, which featured a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Semifinals, expectations are high once again for the California Vulcans football team. Cal U opens its eighth season under head coach John Luckhardt on Thursday, Aug. 27, when the Vulcans host Saginaw Valley (Mich.) at Adamson Stadium for a 7 p.m. start. 2008 was a special year for the Vulcans as the program won their fourth-straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West crown and claimed the first PSAC Championship title after the game was renewed after a 20-year hiatus. The season ended with disappointment for the Vulcans, suffering a 45-7 loss to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA semifinals. In his first seven years at the helm for Cal U, head coach John Luckhardt has built the Vulcans football program into a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference power house and a national title contender.Read More »
Johnson named All-American by Daktronics WICHITA FALLS, Texas (Dec. 9) – California University of Pennsylvania junior cornerback Terrence Johnson (Braddock, Pa./Woodland Hills) was named to the Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-America Second Team, as selected by a national vote of Division II Sports Information Directors. Johnson is the sixth different player for the Vulcans to earn All-America honors from Daktronics since 2004. Last season, Cal U featured four players on the Daktronics All-America teams, including first-team All-American offensive lineman Tim McCutcheon. A three-year starter, Johnson led the team and ranked among the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) leaders with five interceptions, tying a career high. The 6-0 cornerback registered a career-best 46 tackles (34 solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss (TFL), three pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries. Johnson was one of 50 players named an All-American by Daktronics and was just one of 13 juniors on the two squads.Read More »
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (Nov. 29) ‚Äì In a back-and-forth contest, senior linebacker Darren Burns (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) made a game-clinching play with 1:51 remaining to give the No. 7 California University of Pennsylvania football team a 27-24 victory over No. 14 Bloomsburg University at Robert B. Redman Stadium on Saturday in the Super Regional One Championship Game and NCAA Quarterfinals. The Vulcans improve to 11-1 on the season and advance to the NCAA Semifinals for a second-straight year. Cal U, who has won 10-straight-games since a Week 2 loss at Bloomsburg, will face No. 6 Minnesota State-Duluth in the NCAA Semifinals with the site and time to be determined later tonight. The game will be aired live on either ESPN2 or ESPN Classic regardless of time and/or location.