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Maricopa Community Colleges eliminate football following the 2018 season


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Mesa Community College's Football Team Featuring Austin Apodaca In 2014. Photo Courtesy Mesa Community College

Maricopa County Community College District  will eliminate football following the upcoming 2018 season as a MCCCD sponsored sport.

Ongoing financial constraints, including leveling off of enrollment growth at a majority of the colleges as well as the zeroing out of state support for MCCCD has led to the need for the District to look at the prioritization of resources to ensure we continue to meet the changing educational needs of the community.

“The decision to eliminate the football programs at Maricopa Community Colleges was not taken lightly. Although this is a disappointment to our student athletes, coaching staff, and football fans, it is ultimately the right decision for the District and the long-term success of students,” said Matt Hasson, district communications director. “As an essential resource to the community and businesses, MCCCD must be responsible for the financial resources it has been entrusted with.”

In May 2017, the Maricopa Priorities Athletic Task Force submitted a list of recommendations to District Administration regarding the MCCCD athletic programs. These recommendations focused on student success, effective allocation of resources, and long-term compliance and sustainability. These recommendations, coupled with the elimination of financial investment from the state in community college education, forced very difficult conversations about the ability to serve the growing education needs of the community, especially those for whom access is already a challenge.

In making this decision MCCCD also considered national trends. Of the 530 member colleges participating in the National Junior College Athletic Association, only 65 sponsor football programs.

The football program makes up 20 percent of the total MCCCD athletic budget and is responsible for more than 50 percent of related insurance costs. Ongoing costs to maintain the football programs could exceed $20 million in needed capital improvements and associated expenses.

Football programs will be eliminated at Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College, and Phoenix College following the Fall 2018 season. No other sports programs will be impacted by this decision.

Fore more information, please contact Matt Hasson at  (480) 717-0208 or matthew.hasson@domail.maricopa.edu.

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community College District includes 10 regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.