Forgive us if we're all about college football today, but Northeastern University decided to discontinue its support of a football team, the Huntington News reports.
The Boston school's 74-year-old program hasn't had a winning season in six years, and a panel consisting of students, alumni, and administrators said that 74 seasons was enough. The team's operations have ceased, but players are allowed to keep their scholarships until they graduate.
"The past several years have been disappointing for our football program despite the best efforts of our staff and players," Northeastern Athletics Director Peter Roby wrote in a statement. "We do not define success merely through wins and losses. Instead, we recognize that success comes from creating a positive student-athlete experience. The primary motivation for this decision was based on the significant obstacles to providing this experience for our football players."
We know that the cost of maintaining a Division I football program is high and that it's unsustainable, especially after a Knight Commission report released last month made headlines. So, unfortunately, it seems as if Northeastern's team is just the latest casualty.
"A broad consensus developed behind discontinuing football and focusing future resources on programs—both academic and nonacademic—where the university can achieve and sustain leadership," Roby wrote.
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