Interim President Pat Hannon said the program has been under review and it has become evident that the College could not continue to sustain the requirements for the program as well as the associated long-term costs.
“After careful consideration, West Georgia Technical College has chosen to withdraw a request that was made to the Technical College System of Georgia to approve football as an additional athletic program for the Golden Knights,” Hannon said.
College officlals have been in contact with current students who have been practicing football and those who have planned to play this year, as well as their family members who wish to discuss the decision.
“We realize that student athletes have been working hard to prepare for football games,” Hannon said. “We also know that their college education comes first. We will do everything we can to help them continue to be successful as students as they prepare for their chosen career path.”
Hannon said other sports at the college – baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball – would not be affected. All four sports are competing successfully in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Golden Knights men's basketball team has won two-straight Region 17 titles, and the women's basketball team is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation. Baseball is on the rise, having finished third in the Region 17 Tournament last season in just its second year as a NJCAA Division 1 program. Softball finished fourth in the nation last year as a club team and will open play this week as an NJCAA Division 1 program for the first time.
“We are proud of the success of our existing athletic teams,” Hannon said. “Our choice not to pursue football at this time does not affect our commitment to our other teams, coaches and players.”