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Northeastern University to end its football program

The school first suited up a football team in 1933. From ESPN-

Northeastern University is dropping its football program after 74 years, saying it’s too expensive to maintain.

President Joseph Aoun and the board of trustees endorsed the move Friday after a two-year review of the Boston school’s sports programs by athletic director Peter Roby.

The program’s 87 players and 10 coaches learned of the program’s demise Sunday night at a meeting on campus with Roby, a day after the Football Championship Subdivision team (formerly Division I-AA) won its final game 33-27 at Rhode Island.

The Huskies won their final two games to finish 3-8, their sixth consecutive losing season.

The school will honor team members’ athletic scholarships.

Northeastern, which began playing football in 1933, had an all-time record of 289-364-17.

Arguably the Northeastern player to make the biggest mark in the NFL, was the late Dan Ross who was a tight end mostly for the Cincinnati Bengals and was a star of Super Bowl XVI.

College Athletics aren’t immune from today’s bad economy. Northeastern, who has a quality hockey program, is just using its resources where they will be best suited.

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