By: Aurielle Eady and Action News Jax
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville University is making major changing to its athletics program. On Tuesday morning, the private university said it no longer has a football team.
“After conducting a data-driven analysis, the university announced it will no longer play football and will discontinue its Division I program, effective immediately,” officials with JU said.
Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said JU will reinvest those resources into other Division I programs to “enhance the experience for all 450 student-athletes.”
“When you consider all that we commit to coaching, recruiting, advising, facilities, conditioning, nutrition, and academic counseling, it’s clear the resources required to support our football program outweigh the benefits to the overall Athletics Department and the University,” Ricker-Gilbert said.
JU said it has been a part of the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League since 1998.