A second school in the Colonial Athletic Association has succumbed to economic pressures and has elected to cut its football program.
Hofstra University voted to eliminate their football program immediately following a unanimous vote by the school’s board of trustees Wednesday evening, citing high costs and the need to invest further in academic programs.
Northeastern University ended its football program on Nov. 23 after 74 years. Hofstra, based in Hempstead, N.Y., has fielded a team for the past 69 years.
Following a two-year review of the sports programs at the university, university president Stuart Rabinowitz recommended to the board to cut the program, saving approximately $4.5 million.
“The cost of the football program, now and in the future, far exceeds the return possible for an FCS program, which does not generate significant national interest,” said Rabinowitz in a statement.
The Pride finished this season 5-6 and 3-5 in conference play. They wound up tied for third in the CAA North after their season-ending 52-38 win over the University of Massachusetts on Nov. 21.
With the elimination of both Hofstra and Northeastern, the North Division now has only four teams, including the University of Maine. The other teams that remain in the North are UMass, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Rhode Island.
The conference now has 10 teams, with six of those schools playing in the CAA South.
Hofstra’s program had an overall record of 403 wins, 268 losses and 11 ties.