In a stunning development out of the state of Minnesota, reports say that the University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC) & St. Cloud State University (SCSU) will be dropping their collegiate football programs – due to budget constraints.
Both schools compete in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, where they are both members of the North Division. In 2019, SCSU finished the year 4-7, whereas UMC finished their season 0-11, including a 81-0 drubbing to Minnesota State – Mankato. UMC joined the NSIC in 1999, while SCSU joined in 2008.
Back in 2010, SCSU contemplated dropping football, but was prevented from doing so as it stated in the bylaws of the NSIC Conference that to be a member of the conference, the school must sponsor a football team. After a recent vote at a NSIC Conference Meeting, that rule was changed. In addition to dropping football, SCSU will also drop their golf programs – while adding men’s soccer to comply with Title IX.
UMC has had a history of being one of the worst college football programs of all time, in fact, they have gone winless in 3 of the last 4 seasons, including never winning more than 2 games a season over the last decade. Crookston, a small, agricultural campus in northwestern Minnesota, lies about a hop, skip, and a jump from Grand Forks, home of the University of North Dakota.
Meetings were to be held this afternoon by administration to inform players, coaches, and media of their plans to eliminate their programs.
Have to think that a ton of football players will now join the NCAA transfer portal.