Grinnell College Cancels Football for the Rest of the Season
Updated: Oct 7, 2019
GRINNELL, Iowa – The Grinnell College Pioneers football players team decided, for the safety of the student-athletes, to forego to the rest of its 2019 season due to a plethora of injuries as the school announced on Tuesday, October 1.
Grinnell College, a part of the Midwest Conference, has been outscored by its three opponents 114-3 in 2019. The Pioneers have decided to forfeit the final seven games of the season starting with their Midwest Conference matchup with the Saint Norbert College Green Knights.
According to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), a school can carry as much as 125 players on their roster, however, the division three average is around 60-70 players. Division three players cannot earn scholarships. Recently, Heartland Athletic Conference school Earlham College dissolved its football program after dropping 73 straight contests.
Grinnell has carried football every season since 1889. According to the Grinnell football records, the Pioneers played and beat the University of Iowa, 24-0, in, what is to be believed as, the first collegiate football contest west of the Mississippi River.
The decision came as the Pioneers saw their player count dwindle from 39 players to 28 players, so the team ultimately decided because of the safety of the players to cancel the rest of the season.
“Obviously as a sports information director, you enjoy watching your teams compete and supporting your student-athletes,” said Sports Information Director Ted Schultz. “So not having the team compete, the rest of the season, will be a foreign to me. However, the bigger picture is the health and safety of our players and I look forward to us coming back strong in 2020.”
The Pioneers football team is coached by Jeff Pederson. Pederson has been the Pioneers’ head football coach for the past 10 seasons. The Pioneers have only won three games the past three seasons. The last time the Pioneers carried a winning season was back in Pederson’s first season in 2010 when they went 6-4.