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"Kick in the Face," Northland College Proposes Cutting Football

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Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is coming under fire today, after issuing a controversial decision.  School administrators decided to cut the football program as cost saving measure.

And while the football field at Northland College sits bare, under snow and ice today. It could even remain empty next spring, when it all melts.

The administration's decision to drop the football program, doesn't sit well with football players.

Cole Christianson, Football Player: "Kind of pissed. It's kind of a big kick to the face basically. That's kind of what I think of everything."

Junior Enele, Football Player: "It's just like… they're just saying they don't care for the football team."

Those two football players told me they won't be returning to Northland, and even students not involved with the program are unhappy with the decision.

Even students, who have nothing to do with the football program aren't happy about it. Although, none of them told me it would influence their decision to leave.

Reporter: "Would it be a big enough factor that you'd choose not to go to school here if they didn't have a football program to watch?"

Chad Rosencrans, Student: "No. It wouldn't be that big of a deal. But, it's something I enjoy doing."

Anne Tempte, President Northland College: "All the years I've been here unfortunately, we've cut the budget every year."

School President, Anne Tempte says they're short on money and need to make cuts. She says they've already cut other academic programs.

However, during a hastily called meeting with upset, community football backers, Tempte dropped the word cut, and says the football program is now under suspension.

Anne Tempte, School President: "We'll begin to put together a group who will work on addressing the impact of the suspension of the program." 

And Tempte now says, Community Leaders, faculty and students will be heard, before a final decision is made, on whether to cut the football program here.

President Tempte says she expects a final decision on the matter in January or February.

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