- Apr 28, 2009
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hofstra University is dropping its football team, citing high costs and low interest from the college community.
In a statement obtained by The Associated Press today, university president Stuart Rabinowitz says "the choice was painful but clear."
He says factors include the cost of running the Colonial Athletic Association team's football program and the team's inability to generate significant interest, financial support or attendance.
The decision follows a two-year review of sports spending at Hofstra. Rabinowitz says there are no plans to cut any other sports at the Long Island school.
Hofstra played two of the CAA's Virginia members this season: a 47-0 loss to Richmond and a 24-17 victory over James Madison.
Last week, Northeastern University in Boston dropped football after 74 years.
Mercury said:Wasn't the main reason the CAA let Hofstra and NU in was football?
Wolfpack Ram said:Both Northeastern and Hofstra dropping football is yet another reason VCU needs to proceed cautiously regarding football. Not many FCS football schools break even on football. If Richmond didn't have that huge endowment, they would also be considering dropping football. The jury is out for ODU. It's just too early to tell since they are still in the honeymoon phase. Honestly, I don't see how Georgia State is going to make it. They can't even get 1,000 people to come watch their basketball team and they have Georgia Tech just down the street and the Falcons on Sundays.