MANSFIELD, Pa. -- Mansfield University is eliminating its
football program, citing budget constraints as the reason for
pulling the plug on the team that hosted the first night outdoor
football game more than a century ago.
Mansfield president Dr. Maravene Loeschke says it was a
difficult decision to cut the Division II program, especially with
the school's long football history.
The decision to end the program comes less than a week after the
Mountaineers completed an 0-10 season.
Loeschke says the school will form a task force of former
football players and others to try to create a strategy for raising
an endowment that would support a competitive program.
Mansfield has played football since 1891, with the exception of
three years during World War II. The Division II school was 2-29
over the last three seasons.
The school is recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame as
having hosted the first outdoor football game played at night. It
was a scoreless tie in 1892 between Wyoming Seminary and what was
then known as the Mansfield State Normal School.