Arizona Western College is a JUCO program that has produced several talented SEC players over the years.
However, the school lost head coach Tom Minnick to a different job a few days ago, and apparently, it isn’t going to replace him.
On Wednesday, Arizona Western announced that it was dropping football from its curriculum after this season concludes:
And there it is: Arizona Western officially announces it has dropped football. Full press release: pic.twitter.com/WeENOX2iuL
— Grady Garrett (@gradygarrett) December 5, 2018
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me and my team to make,” Arizona Western College President Dr. Daniel Corr said. “Any time you’re facing the closing of a program, you know you’re going to impact real individual people—your students, your co-workers, your fans—who are passionate about that program. We have talented student-athletes here. We have a dedicated coaching staff. We have a rich tradition and a legacy in football with fans and alums across the region and the country. At the end of the day, the challenges we faced to continue the program—with the uncertain future of the league, the difficulty in putting together a schedule, the inability to fund increased travel—were simply too much.”
The Tennessee Volunteers landed DL Jonathan Kongbo and TE Dominick Wood-Anderson from Arizona Western in recent years, so this is a tough loss for the Vols and many other SEC programs.