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Harper College Eliminating Football Program

Harper College has announced that it will eliminate its football program.

will eliminate its football program following similar decisions at other junior colleges in the Midwest Football Conference.

Harper's decision was driven by the recent elimination of football teams at Joliet Junior College in Joliet and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., a press release from the college states.

“This is a painful decision,” Harper President Kenneth Ender stated. “Harper has had a long and proud football tradition. But with only one community college football team left in Illinois and four out-of state teams in the conference, it became clear we could no longer sustain the program.”

The remaining teams in the Midwest Football Conference are College of DuPage, Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA, Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA and North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND.

College officials said that aside from budget issues and scheduling difficulities, 90 percnet of Harper's football players came from outside the distirct.

“Many of these students are 18 and 19 years old living away from home for the first time and they’re trying to manage their housing, finances, academics and play football,” Ender stated in the press release. “The dynamic has contributed to low academic performance and a high dropout rate. That was also a factor in our decision.”

Mike January 17, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Not sad. Necessary. Harper College is there to help reduce the cost of a college education for so many people being driven from the "market" by the rising costs of "main stream" colleges and universities. The football program did not further this end. What's sad is that it contributed to low academic performance and a high dropout rate and benefitted many outside the district, who obviously don't pay the taxes to support Harper. I'm a sports fan, but I say good riddance to the overhead. And don't talk about school spirit, which has nothing to do with driving down the cost of a college education.
smitty smoove January 18, 2012 at 04:50 AM
mike, simply put "you are a dumb ass".
smitty smoove January 18, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Mike, Simply put, you are a dumb ass.
Vicki Wilson January 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Agree with Mike 100%. If people cared half as much about education in this country as they do about sports, we'd be much better off and able to compete globally.
Mike January 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
My opinion has substance. Yours is emotional and impractical. The country's economy is in the toilet because we don't live within our means. Judging from your response, you would make a good politician.

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