A historic vote was taken on Wednesday in Pennsylvania, beginning the process of integrating six standalone college campuses into two, positioning the system to weather the significant downturn in college-aged in-state students coming in the next decade. Among many others, one huge question remains: what does that mean for the thousands of athletes on those campuses?

Much has been written about the PASSHE system’s challenges from an academic and system finance perspective, but little has been covered about the future of these athletic departments. The obvious questions include: will each school be able to maintain their athletic program and identity? Will the Bloomsburg Huskies remain the Huskies? How about the Clarion Golden Eagles? The answer may lie in how the NCAA defines an athletics

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