In response to coronavirus pandemic, Division II school cuts football program
An NCAA Division II school has cut its football program due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday morning, Florida Tech announced that it has decided to eliminate its football program due to the ongoing pandemic. The school had been playing football for just seven seasons.
“As I have continued to share with you, these are difficult times for our university,” Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay said in a statement. “Indeed, all of higher education is struggling to deal with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty that accompanies a global disruption to daily life. Some universities will no doubt close. Florida Tech, however, has plans to persevere.”
Florida Tech’s football program had 120 student-athletes and eight members of the coaching staff. The team was 44-35 in seven seasons under head coach Steve Englehart.
The school has also been forced to see staff members take furloughs, pay reductions and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts has been closed.
Florida Tech is located in Melbourne, Florida.