CASTINE, Maine—Dr. William J. Brennan, President of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), announced today that the college is suspending its football program indefinitely while the administration reviews the overall financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon programs and the college’s operations.
“The football program is our most expensive non-academic program,” said President Brennan. “As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are already mounting and with the prospect of a 10% curtailment in state funding, we need to review the program’s overall impact—and the impact of all programs—on our ability to continue to operate the institution.”
Rugby and Wrestling club sports are also in review, both of which were canceled for the fall because of COVID-19-related public health guidelines.
“This is an administrative decision brought about by the extreme challenges we are facing as an organization,” said President Brennan.
The college announced in mid-July that athletic competitions are suspended for the fall semester.