Allen University Drops Football

Allen University, the historically black educational institution in Columbia, South Carolina, has decided to discontinue its football program and use the money saved for academic purposes. The college has been spending about $1.4 million annually on its football program. In 2005 total revenues generated from football were $30,000.

University president Charles E. Young admitted that discontinuing the football program was a difficult one, but he noted, “The National Football League does not come here to recruit. But the FBI, BellSouth, Merrill Lynch, and other corporations are coming here to recruit.” He added, “With that football money, I could do so much.” 

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