Jacksonville University Discontinues Football Team in a Surprise Move

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Jacksonville, Fla (Online Desk) : In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Jacksonville University (JU) discontinues football team after 22 years of journey. In a official statement , the University said it may the decision “with input from experienced , independent consultants … after data driven evaluation of Division I intercollegiate athletics ”

“As a University, we are investing and innovating to match our offerings to the 21st century marketplace and to support the diverse demands and interests of our students,” said Jacksonville University President Tim Cost in a statement. “This investment profile requires careful analysis, realistic planning and – occasionally – difficult decisions to help drive us forward to excellence.”

“This was a difficult decision,” said Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert in another statement. “Our student-athletes and coaches in the football program are talented, tenacious and hard working. We respect them immensely. Reinvesting these resources into our other Division I programs better positions us to enhance the experience for all 450 student-athletes.”

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“We took a comprehensive approach, examining how we invest across the entire department,” said Ricker-Gilbert. “All options were on the table through this process and we made a commitment to hold off on any premature conclusions until we had a complete picture. Ultimately, one option stood out as the best path forward for Jacksonville Athletics as a whole. When you consider all that we commit to coaching, recruiting, advising, facilities, conditioning, nutrition, and academic counseling, it’s clear the resources required to support our football program outweigh the benefits to the overall Athletics Department and the University.”

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“Our commitment to each football player and coach will continue beyond today.” said Ricker-Gilbert. “We understand some of these student-athletes will look for opportunities to play football at other schools, and we respect that decision. If our students choose to stay here — and we hope many of them do — they will receive full tuition scholarships.”

To assist the student-athletes with these important decisions, the University has established a dedicated team of experienced leaders from key departments, including Financial Aid, Academic Advising, the Registrar’s Office, Athletics Support Services, Student Affairs and more.

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