Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will eliminate its football programs following the 2018 season, citing financial concerns as the reason.
MCCCD will no longer sponsor the football programs at Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College and Phoenix College.
“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, said in a press release. “As an essential resource to the community and businesses, MCCCD must be responsible for the financial resources it has been entrusted with.”
In the statement, Matt Hasson. MCCCD communications director, said the decision to eliminate football was not an easy one.
“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,” Hasson said.
MCCCD says the four football programs comprise 20 percent of the district’s total athletic budget and over 50 percent of related insurance costs. The district announced that no other sports will be impacted.
All four of the football programs currently compete in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, which competes in Region I of the National Junior College Athletic Association.