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Mansfield eliminates Division II football program

11/16/2006 - College Football

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.