PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Community College District has decided to eliminate its football programs after the 2018 season, citing ongoing financial constraints.
Phoenix College, Scottsdale Community College, Mesa Community College and Glendale Community College are the only ones with football programs among the district’s 10 schools.
In a statement Monday, district officials say the four football programs comprise 20 percent of its total athletic budget and more than 50 percent of related insurance costs.
They say ongoing costs to maintain the programs could top $20 million in needed capital improvements and associated expense.
No other sports will be impacted by the district’s decision.
The four schools currently are in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, which competes in Region I of the National Junior College Athletic Association.