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Old 10-18-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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I read an article a little while ago on the growing number of colleges who are disbanding their football programs. The article highlighted Hofstra University and Northeastern University. I know that Hofstra has had a few of its players find their way to the NFL despite it being a division 1-AA program. Their was mention of other institutions that are considering disbanding their football programs as well. The reason was predominately economic.

I find this sad. I believe football can enhance a students college experience. Do you feel that this trend will continue to escelate in the future?
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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I read an article a little while ago on the growing number of colleges who are disbanding their football programs. The article highlighted Hofstra University and Northeastern University. I know that Hofstra has had a few of its players find their way to the NFL despite it being a division 1-AA program. Their was mention of other institutions that are considering disbanding their football programs as well. The reason was predominately economic.

I find this sad. I believe football can enhance a students college experience. Do you feel that this trend will continue to escelate in the future?
Probably, because football has become so expensive. Equipment costs, travel costs, facility costs, and personnel costs are enormous to have a team with 70-90 players. Compare those costs to a basketball team that needs twelve players, two coaches, inexpensive uniforms, and a gymnasium.

Further, when you realize that parents can't tap into their exhausted home equity lines to pay tuition at private colleges, it gets very hard to justify tuition costs as they are, let alone supporting a money-sucking proposition.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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Probably, because football has become so expensive. Equipment costs, travel costs, facility costs, and personnel costs are enormous to have a team with 70-90 players. Compare those costs to a basketball team that needs twelve players, two coaches, inexpensive uniforms, and a gymnasium.

Further, when you realize that parents can't tap into their exhausted home equity lines to pay tuition at private colleges, it gets very hard to justify tuition costs as they are, let alone supporting a money-sucking proposition.
That, and then those two universities are in an area of the country where college football probably doesn't have the popularity to justify having that many teams.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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More lower division schools will drop football. A few D1 schools may move to AA. There are still a few AA that will move up, and most will be sorry they did. It is getting too expensive and taxpayers and students are tired of subsidizing athletics.

At a smallish school like Youngstown St. the taxpayers and the university are subsidizing sports at the rate of 8.5 million a year. All of their tickets sales from all sports are only $402,000. Many colleges are in the same boat.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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More lower division schools will drop football. A few D1 schools may move to AA. There are still a few AA that will move up, and most will be sorry they did. It is getting too expensive and taxpayers and students are tired of subsidizing athletics.

At a smallish school like Youngstown St. the taxpayers and the university are subsidizing sports at the rate of 8.5 million a year. All of their tickets sales from all sports are only $402,000. Many colleges are in the same boat.
That's exactly why I laughed at anyone at another forum I frequent who canned on Montana for staying put when the WAC was starting to get poached.

Montana is only another cutesy small fish with a bunch of local players who'd get run out of town taking payday games to keep the athletics programs there alive if they moved up to D-1A...Montana is just fine where they are as a big fish in their pond.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Its an expensive sport, just like hockey.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Its an expensive sport, just like hockey.
I find that comment very relevant for me at least.

UNO started a hockey program over a decade ago and just dropped a 100 year old football program.

The one difference is that hockey takes less than half the players that football does. Title IX is going to be the end of more and more football programs.
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