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Mercer Athletics set to start new path with Pioneer Football League

Garret McDowell

September 21, 2011

The upcoming Mercer Bears football team has officially announced their initial conference affiliation as the Pioneer Football League (PFL), one of three that plays non-scholarship football in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. This football-only league...

Headscratchers, not-so-shockers of 2011 MLB

Headscratchers, not-so-shockers of 2011 MLB

Samir Moussawel

September 21, 2011

As the playoffs near for Major League Baseball and more or less all of the division leaders are set in stone, with about 10 games left in the season, I give you a run through the surprising and not-so-surprising happenings of the 2011 baseball season. What met our expectations: Yankees-Red Sox rivalry kep...

Softball appoints James DeFeo as head coach

Softball appoints James DeFeo as head coach

Samir Moussawel

September 21, 2011

After head coach of five seasons, Mike Raynor, stepped down due to personal reasons over the summer, the Mercer softball team has appointed former associate head coach from LSU, James DeFeo, as the sixth head coach in the program’s history. “We had some outstanding applicants for our position, which says a...

Mercer Intramurals earn national recognition

Samir Moussawel

September 7, 2011

Mercer’s participation in recreational sports places them 13th in the nation, according to Princeton Review. Recreational sports at most schools tend to attract a large amount of the student body and Mercer University has proven to go above and beyond that statement. In a recent survey and study done...

Dance team joins Mercer Athletics

Alex Preston

September 7, 2011

Student and faculty demand has prompted the introduction of a dance team to Mercer Athletics. Spirit Coordinator for Athletics, Penny Davis, has recognized the need for an established extracurricular dance program on Mercer’s campus. Students responded to the announcement of dance team tryouts when...

University Center set to host College Basketball Experience

Samir Moussawel

September 7, 2011

Continuing the trend started from a year ago, along with their two-year deal, Mercer men’s basketball will be hosting this year’s 2011 College Basketball Experience Classic (CBE) Nov. 21-Nov. 23. Last year, Mercer basketball, Coach Hoffman, his “Hooligans” and the University Center was home to...

Volleyball off to 1-6 start through Brawl

Garret McDowell

September 7, 2011

Despite much early season preparation, the Mercer Bears volleyball team is 1-6 overall, having snapped a six-match losing streak to start the season with a great win over Norfolk State to close out Mercer’s Bear Brawl. Senior Charlotte Harris is currently third in the Atlantic Sun in both total digs...

Men's soccer ties opener in 2OT, follows with 2-0 defeat, victory

Cecilia Villagomez

September 7, 2011

As the Mercer men’s soccer team begins its first round of opening games, the team is showing great promise. The second exhibition game of the season proved to be exactly the level of competition the Bears needed as they played against College of Charleston. They are a challenging team, having just...

Men, women cross country squads look to return to NCAA Regionals

Garret McDowell

September 7, 2011

The men and women’s cross country teams are definitely looking to improve upon last season’s trip to the NCAA South Regional as a team. With seventh place finishes between the two squads at the Atlantic Sun tourney, Coach Ryan Bailey has been preparing the teams to chase down new heights as individuals...

Go Pro or No Go

Joshua Morrison

September 7, 2011

I find sports to be an interesting subject not only because I love to play and watch them, but when it comes down to it, almost any question about sports or any situation that occurs during a game can be explained using some very simple statistics or economic reasoning. Of course, some people don’t ...

coaching spotlight: new golf coach Steve Bradley

coaching spotlight: new golf coach Steve Bradley

Joshua Morrison

September 7, 2011

As the semester begins, Mercer students arrive back on campus and look to get settled into their new classes and apartments. Along with these Mercer students, men’s golf coach Steve Bradley looks to get ready for his first year as coach for Mercer. The Cluster sat down to ask Coach Bradley a few q...

NCAA power conference could put end to BCS

Garret McDowell

September 7, 2011

With the departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 currently in the news, the proposed SEC super conference is enough to begin the always-favored talk of the demise of the BCS. Even if just one team enters the Southeastern Conference, it would throw another wrench in the supposed balance of power and...

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