Iona Collge drops football program, effective immediately

Updated: November 20, 2008, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Iona College has announced that it is dropping its football program effective immediately on Thursday.

The football program at the Catholic college in suburban Westchester County began as a club in 1967 before moving to Division III in 1978.

Iona College went to I-AA in 1993 as a founding member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Gaels had three winning seasons before six MAAC football schools folded their programs during 2002-07, leaving only Marist College and Iona after last season.

Iona's Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons said the dissolution of the MAAC Football League after the 2007 season and "the lack of equitable opponents in Division I FCS football" sealed the team's fate.

Iona finished the season 3-8.

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