Alumni eNewsletter: Football Program to Compete on Club Level (Archives)Gallaudet Athletics Director James DeStefano, '85 announced today that beginning with the 2003-2004 athletic year, the Gallaudet football program would no longer compete as a NCAA Division III squad. Instead, the football program at Gallaudet will become a club sport. The decision was made in the best interests of the University after considering several factors, including NCAA Division III requirements, budget constraints and the programís overall record of wins and losses. A major factor in the decision was the NCAA rule that requires Division III schools to play at least eight games each year against other Division III institutions. Such a schedule would be difficult for Gallaudet as the Bison have not defeated a Division III school since a win over St. John Fisher College in 1991. This is the second time in the past 10 years that the Gallaudet football program has taken on club status. Beginning in 1995, the Bison spent five years as a club team before returning to Division III status prior to the 2000 season. During those five years, Gallaudet compiled a 14-30 record. Since returning to a Division III schedule, the Bison are just 3-24 with a 0-8 mark against Division III schools. The Bison recently completed a 2-7 campaign that featured a pair of wins over Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a club team.
Posted: 19 Dec 2002