A day after announcing the end of Grand Rapids Community College’s football program, administrators at the school said they still see athletics as a valuable part of the college’s mission and will continue to support the school’s teams in other sports.
“We are not looking at cutting any other sports at this time,” Dean of Students Tina Hoxie said as she reflected Tuesday on the school’s 80 years of football history.
The school is putting together a transition team of advisers and counselors to assist football players as they decide whether to stay and graduate or transfer to another school to compete. An assistant coach will stay on to run a spring conditioning program to help prepare those who plan to transfer to play at another school.
But questions remain around campus as the reality of football’s demise settles in.