The much-anticipated Jan. 4 meeting by the Swarthmore Board of
Managers resulted in the same decision – football, badminton
and wrestling will be dropped at Swarthmore College.
After 120 seasons, Swarthmore football is no more.
Swarthmore College's Board of Managers
announced Dec. 2 the school was dropping football effective
immediately, following the program's best season since 1995. The
Garnet went 4-5 in 2000 after going 1-8 in 1999 and winless the
three previous seasons. Head coach Pete
Alvanos talked with Pat Cummings about the decision
Stagg Bowl halftime show.
"There is a feeling on the part of the board that only 15% of the
student body should be athletes," team captain Scott Murray told
the Philadelphia Inquirer. Alvanos, who recently completed his
third season as head coach, said, "at Princeton, for example, 17%
of the freshman class is recruited athletes.
Washington & Lee, Nov. 11, W 16-6
Play: took a
knee to end game
Rush: Ken Clark
3-yard run, 1:06 left
Interception: Donovan Godley, 1:13 left
Perry, 1:20 left
Castellucci 23-yard FG, 5:02
Touchdown: Clark 2-yard run, 12:01
"When I took the job, I was told there was a commitment on behalf
of the college to turn the program around," said Alvanos.
Swarthmore currently has 30% of its students participating in
intercollegiate athletics, but it is unclear what percentage are
recruited to the athletic program. Wrestling and women's badminton
were also cut at the suburban Philadelphia school.
"It hurts, real bad," Alvanos told students at a rally the night
of the decision. "You uproot your family, your wife and three kids,
and assistant coaches uproot their wives and kids, and you look
freshmen and high school seniors in the eyes and tell them that the
college is behind you, that there's 100% commitment to turn the
program around and do the things the right way. And we've done
that, everything that (college president) Al Bloom has asked us to
The move reduces the Centennial Conference to seven
football-playing schools, but leaves the conference eligible for an
automatic bid. Swarthmore had played longtime rival Washington
& Lee and Oberlin in non-conference action. It also reduces the
chances Division III could get to 29 playoff teams for the 2001