Saint Mary's College Discontinues Intercollegiate Football, Will Strengthen Overall Athletic Program

Brother Craig Franz, F.S.C., president of Saint Mary's College of California, announced on March 3 a reallocation of College resources to strengthen the College's diverse intercollegiate, club and recreational sports programs. As a result, Saint Mary's is discontinuing its participation in intercollegiate football, effective immediately.

"This difficult decision is the result of thoughtful and lengthy discussions over recent years about the competitive and financial realities confronting all higher educational institutions of our size," said Brother Craig. "Based on recommendations made to our Board of Trustees by an Athletics Review Task Force on the best way to optimize our athletic resources, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously earlier today to discontinue the Saint Mary's football program, and to reallocate those resources to our 14 other intercollegiate sports programs." Read full press release...

Related communications and press conference remarks:

* President's Open Letter to College Community
* Remarks to Media by Brother Craig Franz, F.S.C., Ph.D., President
* Remarks to Media by Nicholas G. Moore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
* Remarks to Media by Russell J. Harrison, Member of the Board of Regents
* Press Release

Here are links to a sampling of the news coverage:

* Despite Storied History, Colorful Program Slips Away (Contra Costa Times)
* St. Mary's Drops Football (The Mercury News)
* Gaels' Football Program Sacked, St. Mary's Officials Cite Cost as Main Factor (
* Saint Mary's Discontinues Football Program (The Herald News)
* St. Mary's Grapples with Loss (Contra Costa Times)
* St. Mary's College Drops Football Program (Monterey County Herald)
* Game Over, St. Mary's Dissolves Football Program (Contra Costa Times)
* Great West Football League Loses a Member (AP Wire/The Mercury News)
* Saint Mary's College Cuts Football Program (
* Tears in Mourning St. Mary's Football (Oakland Tribune)
* Football's Calif. Trip, First Game Canceled, Saint Mary's Folds Football Team, Leaving Penn With an Open Game (
* School Exits Bears' League (Greeley Tribune)
* Football's Demise Is Others' Gain (Contra Costa Times)
* End of Football at Saint Mary's Continues Trend (