Happy Veterans Day


Happy Veterans Day Just wanted to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all of the servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. You are the true heroes of our country. Would also like to give a shout out to my brother in law, Mark Taylor who served in the Marines for 5 years and made two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A reminder, there is also a Veteran’s Day Hockey Event at the Consol Energy Center tonight. Here at the details again: California University honors wounded alumnus on a hockey night in Pittsburgh. On Veterans Day, Cal U’s men’s and women’s hockey teams will play in the Penguins new arena. WHO: Cal U men’s and women¹s hockey teams WHAT: Veterans Day games honoring former team member wounded in war WHEN: Nov. 11: women play at 6 p.m., Men at 8 p.m. WHERE: CONSOL Energy Center CALIFORNIA, PA —Read More »

Smith, defense leads Cal U past Clarion


CLARION, Pa. (Sept. 25) – Sophomore running back Lamont Smith (Penn Hills, Pa./Central Catholic/Phoenix) rushed for 185 yards and the defense forced four interceptions and allowed only 133 yards of total offense on Saturday night, as the No. 4 California University of Pennsylvania football team claimed a 24-9 victory over Clarion in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West-opener for both teams. With the win, the Vulcans start the year at 4-0 overall for the third time in nine years under head coach John Luckhardt (2002, 2007). Cal U also has now won its last six and eight of its last 10 PSAC West-openers. Meanwhile, after posting their best record since 1996 last year, the Golden Eagles remain winless this year at 0-4 overall and 0-1 in divisional play. For the third-straight week, Smith established season highs in both rushing yards and attempts, finishing 189 yards on a gaudy 39Read More »

Former Pitt coach Walt Harris joining Cal U’s coaching staff


Harris joining Cal U football staff Former University of Pittsburgh football head coach Walt Harris is in negotiations with California University of Pennsylvania about joining Cal U’s football staff. Negotiations have been on-going for about a month and an announcement from the school is expected to be made on April 15th. A few final details are still being worked out. It has not been finalized whether Harris joining the staff will be a full time or part time job. However, Harris will work closely with the offensive coaching staff and is expected to have a prominent role in working with the quarterbacks, most notably starting quarterback Josh Portis. Harris coached the Pitt Panthers for eight seasons, from 1997-2004, compiling a 52-44 record. Harris led Pitt to bowl victories in 2001 and 2002. The Panthers reached the Fiesta bowl in Harris final season at Pitt in 2004. Harris left Pitt followingRead More »

Pro-day buzz: Jacksonville, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Orleans attend Cal U’s pro-day


The California University of Pennsylvania football program held their pro-day this morning. The pro-day was headlined by draft prospects cornerback Terrence Johnson, wide receiver A.J. Jackson and Edinboro quarterback Trevor Harris. A university source tells me the Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and New Orleans Saints were the four NFL teams with representatives in attendance. Canadian Football League scouts were also in attendance. Johnson (5-10, 190 lbs) has seen his stock on the rise in recent weeks and has kept his 40-time in the 4.48-4.50 range. Johnson is regarded as a potential late 5th round – 7th round pick. Johnson was profiled in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine by NFL draft guru Mel Kiper. Johnson is represented by agent Joe Linta who also represents Pittsburgh’s Willie Colon. Johnson currently has a scheduled visit with the Baltimore Ravens and is lining up more visits. Prior to today’s pro-day,Read More »

2010 ACHA Hockey Nationals: Vulcans one win away from advancing to the semi-finals


The Californina University of Pennsylvania Mens’ Hockey team entered the Division-III ACHA National Championships (Fort Myers, Florida) with a reputation of having one of the most prolific offensive attacks in the nation and through two games, the Vulcans have backed up that statement. The Vulcans (29-0, 2-0) who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed out of the Atlantic region, opened up preliminary action Wednesday with an 11-4 victory over the Lansing Stars and continued their dominance Thursday morning with a 9-2 thrashing over the CSU-Northridge Matadors. Despite out shooting CSU-Northridge 19-3 in the first period, the Vulcans trailed 1-0 after one period but there was never any concern from the Vulcans. In the final forty minutes of the game, the Vulcans high flying attack went into high gear, scoring 9 unanswered goals, including 5 second period goals. Senior Dan Tonini (3g) led the way for the Vulcans scoring 3 goals,Read More »

Cal U to name Mark Swasey new women’s basketball head coach


Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned, California University of Pennsylvania will name Mark Swasey their new women’s basketball coach later this afternoon. Sawsey will replaced Heather Kearney who guided Cal U to a 29-5 record in her one season as head coach. Kearney accepted a position as associate head coach at Appalachian State University. Swasey was named Division II WBCA/Russell EAST Region Coach of the Year in 2009 leading NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire to the Division II National Championship game. Franklin Pierce University was the National Championship Runner Up in 2009 Swasey was the head coach for Franklin Pierce University from 2002-2009.

NCAA FB: Cal U passes on PITT’s Tommie Duhart


A source with the California University Football program tells me, head coach John Luckhardt and his staff recently met with former University of Pittsburgh defensive lineman Tommie Duhart. Duhart was dismissed by the PITT football program due to academic reasons and a few off the field incidents. After meeting with Duhart, John Luckhardt and the California University Football program have decided to pass on bringing Duhart into the program. Duhart, 6-4, 290 lbs, had three tackles and a blocked kick this past season. WR T.J. Porter was also dismissed by the PITT football program.

NCAA: Former Cal U assistant coach Shaka Smart named head coach of VCU


Former California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball assistant coach and 2001 graduate Shaka Smart has been named named head men’s basketball coach at Division I Virginia Commonwealth University. Smart inherits a VCU program that has made two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years and won three conference tournament tiles since 2004. The Rams finished the 2008-09 season with a 24-10 overall record after losing to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Smart served on the Vulcan coaching staff under head coach Bill Brown from 1999-2001. During his time with Cal U, Brown and Smart guided the program to a 40-16 overall record and a tie of the PSAC West title in 2000. “Shaka had a feel of the game and he has made great decisions in life to get to where he is,” said Brown, the all-time winningest coach in Cal U history. “He isRead More »

No. 6 Cal U edges past No. 10 IUP, 45-44


INDIANA, Pa. (Feb. 18) – In a match-up of the top two teams in the NCAA Atlantic Region, the No. 6 California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team held on for a 45-44 victory over rival No. 10 Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday at the Memorial Fieldhouse in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play. With the win, the Vulcans improve to 21-3 overall with a 10-1 mark in league play. Meanwhile, the Crimson Hawks fall to 20-4 and 9-2 in divisional action. Cal U has now swept the regular-season series with its rival IUP after the Crimson Hawks won the PSAC Championship against the Vulcans last season. With five games remaining in the regular season, Cal U holds a one-game lead in the PSAC West standings ahead of IUP and conference-newcomer Gannon University, who both have 9-2 marks in league action.

Vulcans suffer 60-58 loss at rival IUP


INDIANA, Pa. (Feb. 18) ‚Äì For the sixth time this season, the California University of Pennsylvania men‚Äôs basketball suffered a loss by three points or less, falling 60-58 against rival Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Memorial Fieldhouse on Wednesday in PSAC West action. With their seventh loss in eight games, the Vulcans fall to 11-12 overall and 4-7 in league play. Meanwhile, the Crimson Hawks improve to 20-4 overall record and 9-2 in league play. IUP is currently ranked second in the latest NCAA Atlantic Region poll. Junior forward Chris Moore (Ellicott City, Md./Howard/Morgan State (Md.)) led Cal U with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-12 attempts. He also registered a career-best seven blocks and collected a team-high rebounds. The 6-8 junior transfer leads the PSAC with 58 blocks despite playing less than 17 minutes per game. Senior forward Julian Logan (Kalamazoo, Mich./Loy Norrix/Owens C.C. (Ohio)) added 14 points andRead More »