The Eastern Michigan football team is a Division I NCAA athletic program, however, the team has had little to no success since the 1990s. Since 1990, the team has had only two non-losing seasons and members of the faculty and student population at EMU have had enough.
A report released by the faculty and students at the University has called for the school to drop the Division I football program. The program has been a drain on the university’s budget and is reported to cost around $917 per student to sustain itself.
The football program at EMU has gone through countless coaches in attempt to improve the program but nothing has worked in over 20 years. Students and staff at the University no longer want to throw their money at a hopeless program.
“Culturally and geographically, EMU football will simply never succeed from an attendance and financial standpoint,” faculty member Howard Bunsis, who helped prepare the report, said in a presentation to the Board of Regents on Friday. “It is a losing proposition – always has been, and always will be. We hardly raise any money for football, and our attendance is the lowest in the country. Some of you believe that we are close to succeeding, if we just throw more money at the situation. This proposition is insane.”
Calls for EMU to drop down to Division II or III have been suggested, though they would be the first Division I university to drop a level. Hopefully the Board will make the right decision for the University.
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