|Cheyney University Wolves|
|University||Cheyney University of Pennsylvania|
|Athletic director||Suzanne Kilian|
|Football stadium||O'Shields-Stevenson Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Cope Hall|
The Cheyney Wolves are the athletic sports teams for Cheyney University. They compete as an independent and formerly played in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Women's sports include basketball, cheerleading and volleyball. Basketball is the only men's sport the university currently offers as of 2019.
The men's basketball program is 7th all-time in NCAA win percentage, including 16 PSAC conference championships, four Final Fours, and one National Championship (1978). The women's basketball team in 1982 competed in the championship game of the inaugural NCAA Division I tournament despite being a Division II school.
During the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years, the university violated NCAA rules in the certification of initial, transfer and continuing eligibility involving all sports programs. During the four-year period, numerous student-athletes competed while ineligible due to improper certification. In amateurism certification alone, 109 student-athletes practiced, competed and received travel expenses and/or athletically related financial aid before the university received their amateurism certification status from the NCAA Eligibility Center. The committee also concluded that a former compliance director failed to monitor when she did not follow proper procedures in the certification of student-athletes' eligibility. The entire athletics program is on probation until August 2019.
For the 2018-19 academic year, Cheyney withdrew from the PSAC and Division II and will play that season as an independent. The football team, suspended since being unable to afford the trip to the Turkey Day Classic in November 2017, did not play.
As of 2019, the status quo from 2018-19 continues; the Wolves offer only basketball and women's volleyball, both of which primarily play Division III and community college teams.
"These are extremely difficult but necessary decisions that are being made on behalf of our entire student population, and to help ensure the university's future," Walton said. "We want to continue to provide our student athletes the opportunity to participate as part of the overall college experience.