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Stillman College drops football, other athletics due to financial strains

Stillman College is cutting most of its athletic programs, including football, due to financial problems. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Stillman College is cutting most of its athletic programs, including football, due to financial problems. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Stillman President Dr. Peter Millet speaks to the media about dropping most of the school's athletic programs. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC Stillman President Dr. Peter Millet speaks to the media about dropping most of the school's athletic programs. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Stillman College in Tuscaloosa has dropped their football program and all other athletic programs except for men and women’s basketball due to financial challenges, the school's president announced on Thursday. 

The Spring 2016 sports will continue, but will discontinue starting in Fall 2016, according to Stillman President Dr. Peter Millet. The band and cheerleading programs will continue.

Millet said he and his staff reached this decision after approximately eight months of research.

Stillman will move to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in NAIA.

Stillman’s president said more sports could come back after the 2016-2017 school year if the money is available.

The president said this is a pivotal moment in the college’s history and they want to get back on solid financial ground. Millet feared if they didn't cut their sports programs, except for men's and women's basketball, the school could go under financially.

Millet said he will not allow Stillman to close because of the continuing budget woes. He said “enough is enough.”

Millet added that the school will honor commitments to athletes under full or partial scholarships.

Stillman College will also shift focus and create three centers of excellence focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEAM), Education and a Religion center at which Presbyterian ministers will be trained.

Stillman College is a historically black private liberal arts college located in west Tuscaloosa. 

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