The Announcement is Made
According to a report at mLive.com, the announcement to end the football program was made by the president of Grand Rapids Community College, Steven Ender. Ender also issued a formal press release, after talking with the coaches and players involved in the football program about the school’s decision. In the press release, Ender cited the following reasons for bringing Grand Rapids football tradition to an abrupt halt:
- With games now played in Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, and Georgia, the school was no longer able to spend the time or money getting the football team and staff to games further from home. In some cases, student-athletes and coaches were spending up to 19 hours on a bus to get to a single game.
- Many of the student-athletes that came to the school to play football faced severe personal obstacles, including finding the means to pay for off-campus housing, since many came from out of state. In addition, athlete students had difficulty managing the responsibilities associated with playing football and keeping up with their studies.
- The school was facing challenges adhering to Title IX regulations, particularly in regards to maintaining a gender balance in intercollegiate sports programs. Budget constraints simply made the availability of sufficient sports offerings virtually impossible.