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    http://www.lockhaven.com/sports/loca...evement-award/

    Going to post this but there might be only a few posters who know the name Sharon Taylor. Can't wait to see 'Nation's' comments. But I always respected Taylor. In fact, I respect anyone who achieves success in their particular field of endeavor regardless of what it is. Especially people who change the status quo like Taylor did.

    One of the top coaches of all time in the PSAC she was ridden out of town on a rail by people who thought she discriminated against men's sports. Bashed her to no end. When she filed a libel suit against the ESPN radio affiliate in Williamsport they legally hid behind the defense that she was a "public figure" so they could say whatever they wanted about her regardless of its veracity. Women's sports thrived under her leadership and men's often didn't. Especially football. They are still bad, though. Wrestling has improved since her departure.

    So, my question is did the men's and women's performance differ so much (in some sports) because she had a bias or did the women's programs excel because she was such a force in women's athletics on a national and international level? How different is this from the Edinboro situation and Baumgartner's impact on the wrestling program? Was it to the detriment of the rest of the sports? How much gender bias does exist in college athletics departments?

    Anyways, congratulations to Sharon on this award.

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    Default OT: Sharon Taylor lifetime achievement award

    Yes Ms Taylor, congrats on making Lock Haven foosball incredibly bad for 30 years that it has zero chance to ever get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPNation View Post
    Yes Ms Taylor, congrats on making Lock Haven foosball incredibly bad for 30 years that it has zero chance to ever get better.
    That was quick.

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    I have always wondered why the football team is so bad? They were last good/decent in the 70’s but since that time they have sucked. When I was with IUP football I remember checking their roster and they had some kids it seemed to me from some good football playing high schools.
    Do they not recruit well?
    My few trips there, the turf was very rough and the facilities the first year where atrocious. I remember walking up to the stadium.

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    Default Re: OT: Sharon Taylor lifetime achievement award

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdobson View Post
    I have always wondered why the football team is so bad? They were last good/decent in the 70’s but since that time they have sucked. When I was with IUP football I remember checking their roster and they had some kids it seemed to me from some good football playing high schools.
    Do they not recruit well?
    My few trips there, the turf was very rough and the facilities the first year where atrocious. I remember walking up to the stadium.
    I think they have the same struggles that Mansfield always had: below average resources, below average facilities, and a low population in the immediate area. TBH I wonder if that's become a factor for Clarion. Mansfield did that have that season with Poohbear MacNeal but otherwise they were in the same category.

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    It is a challenge. Take a minority kid from an urban environment and drop him in Clarion ... beyond culture shock.

    That area up there is about as white as white can get. You still see Confederate flags ... those are real factors in recruiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    It is a challenge. Take a minority kid from an urban environment and drop him in Clarion ... beyond culture shock.

    That area up there is about as white as white can get. You still see Confederate flags ... those are real factors in recruiting.
    It probably is a factor for most of the PSAC schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart View Post
    It probably is a factor for most of the PSAC schools.
    It is to an extent but it's extreme in a few towns in particular. I spend a lot of time up around Clarion (cabin). It's a different world still stuck somewhere between the Civil War and the 1950s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdobson View Post
    I have always wondered why the football team is so bad? They were last good/decent in the 70’s but since that time they have sucked. When I was with IUP football I remember checking their roster and they had some kids it seemed to me from some good football playing high schools.
    Do they not recruit well?
    My few trips there, the turf was very rough and the facilities the first year where atrocious. I remember walking up to the stadium.

    Lock Haven has a new turf field this year.

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    Default OT: Sharon Taylor lifetime achievement award

    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    It is a challenge. Take a minority kid from an urban environment and drop him in Clarion ... beyond culture shock.

    That area up there is about as white as white can get. You still see Confederate flags ... those are real factors in recruiting.

    Uh Indiana was culture shock for me coming from an urbanized place like Norristown. I was like where the **** did they just leave me? It took about a year to adjust.

    Going from shopping at King of Prussia to the Indiana Mall was a real laugher.

    But the vibe here in Southeastern PA is light years ahead of how it feels in most rural areas west of here. It’s like you go through some time travel vortex. On top of that there is so much new construction down here and literally nothing out there.

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