Last Saturday, the football team filed off a Kingston, R.I. field, victorious in the season finale against URI. Little did the Huskies know it would also be the program’s finale.
Shortly after the clock hit zeros, the players were decked by the news their program was to be terminated. The team had muddled through several losing seasons, and not even a history dating back to the early 1930s would let it struggle on.
Eighty players are affected. Those who choose to stay will keep their scholarships. Those who choose to transfer will get to skip the usual NCAA red tape and play for someone next fall. In fact, this Monday, coaches will visit from around the country, meeting with NU players and watching their game tape, in hopes of helping Huskies find a new gridiron to call home.
Still, there is anger in the fractured locker room, and a wonder if there was another way. In the below piece, we sat down with the man who made the recommendation, athletic director Peter Roby, in hopes of giving you the administration’s side of the story. Roby says his players had a distinct disadvantage against other teams with more resources and better facilities. And while he looked into all options, even potentially partnering with the city of Boston to renovate White Stadium in Franklin Park, the solutions were just too costly.
This decision was unavoidable. And so it came this week.
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