ARIZONA NEWS

Eastern Arizona College ends state’s last junior college football program

Dec 12, 2018, 4:25 AM
(Facebook Photo)...
(Facebook Photo)
(Facebook Photo)

PHOENIX — After Arizona Western College announced it was nixing its football program last week, Eastern Arizona College was the only junior college in the state left with the sport.

But on Tuesday evening, the Thatcher college announced that it, too, has ended its football program, due to its financial burden and the collapse of the rest of the league.

The Western States Football League consisted of eight teams this season, seven in Arizona and one in Utah. Before this announcement, six had already dropped out.

In February, the Maricopa County Community College District announced that its four schools with football programs — Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College and Phoenix College – would play their final seasons in 2018.

The move came almost three years after the state removed $68 million in funding from the district.

In June, Pima Community College in Tucson said it was also giving up football.

Eastern Arizona College won this year’s championship and was invited to play in the Mississippi Bowl.

“This has been (an) extremely difficult decision we have been forced to make,” Eastern Arizona College President Todd Haynie said in the announcement.

“However, with drastic changes taking place within the league that are outside our control, and as stewards entrusted with public funds, we must conclude that an altered program will not allow EAC to maintain a balance of costs and benefits.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

2 men dead after shooting breaks out at party in Gila Bend

Two men ages 25 and 26 are dead after a shooting broke out at a party in Gila Bend Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
16 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Public Safety Photo)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for 77-year-old man last seen in Queen Creek

A Silver Alert was issued Sunday for a 77-year-old man last seen near Queen Creek Road and South Meridian Road.
16 hours ago
(Petrified Forest National Park Photo)...
Alex Weiner

Triassic reptile discovered at Arizona’s Petrified Forest named after former park superintendent

A Triassic reptile species discovered at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona was named after former park Superintendent and wife.
16 hours ago
(City of Phoenix Photo)...
Kevin Stone

New trash pickup days start this week for most of Phoenix

New pickup days go into effect Monday for 80% of the Phoenix's trash, garbage and green organic pickup customers.
16 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizonan sentenced for Vegas-based scheme targeting migrants

An Arizona man who convinced recent immigrants from to pay him thousands of dollars each to help them gain U.S. citizenship has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
2 days ago
(Twitter Photo/@MesaPD)...
KTAR.com

Mesa driver taken to hospital after vehicle strikes pole, crashes into canal

A driver in Mesa was taken to the hospital after their vehicle struck a street light and crashed into an irrigation canal Saturday.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Eastern Arizona College ends state’s last junior college football program