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Hofstra University to drop football program

Does Univesity President Stuart Rabinowitz have any school pride? From ESPN-

Hofstra University is dropping its football team, citing high costs and low interest from the college community.

The university, which has fielded a football team for the last 69 years, told its coaching staff Thursday morning that it is dropping the sport, sources told

The Pride, which has competed in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) since 1991, is the second member of the Colonial Athletic Association to drop its football program in the last 10 days. Northeastern University in Boston announced it was dropping its football program after 74 seasons on Nov. 23.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, university president Stuart Rabinowitz says “the choice was painful but clear.”

He says factors include the cost of running the football program and the team’s inability to generate significant interest, financial support or attendance.

To the casual college football program, the loss of Hofstra football may seem inconsequential. But for a small school, Hofstra has produced quite a bit of NFL talent. Five Hofstra graduates have been selected in the NFL draft since 1991. BTW, Football is the only sport Hofstra is cutting.

I find this news sad. For I grew up in Suffolk County New York and while playing football there, I once dreamed of going to Hofstra.


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