Hofstra University drops football program

Hofstra University in Hempstead is dropping its football team, citing high costs and low interest from the college community.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, university president Stuart Rabinowitz says "the choice was painful but clear."

He says factors include the cost of running the football program and the team's inability to generate significant interest, financial support or attendance.

The decision follows a two-year review of sports spending at Hofstra. Rabinowitz says there are no plans to cut any other sports at the school.

Hofstra started its football program in 1937 and has produced such NFL players as Wayne Chrebet, who played 11 seasons with the New York Jets, and wide receiver Marques Colston of the undefeated New Orleans Saints.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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