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UMES will not restart football program, university president says

UMES will not restart football program, university president says

UMES president Juliette B. Bell today announced her acceptance of a task force recommendation that the university not restart its football program, which has been dormant since 1980.

Bell had commissioned a task force to evaluate a study conducted by an independent consultant that weighed the pros and cons of adding a football program at UMES.

“The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time,” the task force report said.

UMES' football program was a powerhouse among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, compiling a 76.4 percent winning percentage from 1946 to 1970. Several Hawks...

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