D-III Earlham suspends football after 53 straight losses

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Earlham College has suspended its football program after a fifth consecutive winless season and a Division III record 53 straight losses.

The Quakers finished the season with a 70-6 loss to Rose-Hulman last Saturday. On Tuesday, interim President Avis Stewart announced the college will suspend the program for the 2019 season. A committee of alumni, faculty, athletes and current and former Division III coaches and athletic directors will review the viability of the school having a football team.

The plan is for the program to return in 2020 under three conditions , including appropriate funding and recruitment of players as well as hiring a “highly qualified” coach.