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An Entire College Team Gives Up Football
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 09, 2019 10:24PM
[www.nytimes.com]

“In the midst of another desultory season and with barely enough healthy players to field a team, Grinnell announced last week that it had canceled the remaining seven games on its schedule out of concern for the welfare of its players.

The players voted overwhelmingly to end the season as a protest of what they saw as a consistent lack of support from the administration, something the players say has contributed to the team starting each of the last four seasons with fewer than 40 players, less than half of most opponents on their schedule. After a series of injuries, the team was down to 28 healthy players last week.”

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The school draws its approximately 1,700 students from around the United States and beyond to a quaint campus in central Iowa.

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Grinnell has long called itself “the jewel of the prairie,” but a more apt description might be an island. Two businesses that bookend the town — the gun supply store Brownells and the chemical agricultural giant Monsanto — belie what sits between them: a liberal-minded college with a student body that has twice as many foreign students as ones from Iowa and that emphasizes student participation in school decision-making.If some of the school’s neighbors subsist on the vagaries of the corn and soybean market, Grinnell does not. It sits on a $2 billion endowment built partly on the stock-picking advice of Warren Buffett.“



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/09/2019 11:07PM by Speedy.
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Re: An Entire College Team Gives Up Football
Posted by: robfilms
Date: October 09, 2019 10:36PM
great college with a long tradition of going it's own way.

i am rooting for them.

thumbs up.

rob
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Re: An Entire College Team Gives Up Football
Posted by: vision63
Date: October 09, 2019 10:47PM
I've been to that school before. Great little college. Central College in Pella is nice too. If they were winning they wouldn't have quit.
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Re: An Entire College Team Gives Up Football
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 10, 2019 11:07AM
Why doesn't the school support their team?
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Re: An Entire College Team Gives Up Football
Posted by: RgrF
Date: October 10, 2019 11:47AM
The beginning of a trend? Fewer parents are channeling their kids into football today.
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Re: An Entire College Team Gives Up Football
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 10, 2019 12:04PM
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RgrF
The beginning of a trend? Fewer parents are channeling their kids into football today.

We required our kids to play some type of organized sport starting in high school...with no football team, they both chose to become runners, which seems to have stuck, as our recent graduate participated in a triathlon last weekend.



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