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Hofstra second university in 2 weeks to drop football

December 3, 2009

Hofstra University has eliminated its football program and will redirect the team's $4.5-million budget toward new academic ventures and need-based scholarships, the university's president said has announced, echoing a similar announcement last week at Northeastern University.

The Hofstra team suffered from low attendance and declining interest among students and the local community, and financial support was dwindling.

Hofstra's Board of Trustees recently completed a two-year review of the football program, which competes in the NCAA's Division I-AA in the Colonial Athletic Association. The board voted unanimously Wednesday night to discontinue the program and put the $4.5-million into academics and scholarships.

Hofstra University is Long Island, New York's largest private college.

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