Patriot defers decision on football scholarships
Schools in the Patriot League have deferred a decision whether
to offer scholarships for the students who play football across the
In a statement released Wednesday, the conference’s leadership
says it decided to put off a decision for at least two years
”pending deliberations” that relate to the league’s strategic
Founded as a football-only league in 1986, the Patriot League
became an all-sport conference in 1990 and includes American
University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, the
U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy as full members.
The schools can, and do, provide athletic merit aid in the
league’s 22 other sports, but football has always maintained a
Fordham University, which offers football scholarships, and
Georgetown University compete in Patriot League football as
associate members while Army and Navy are independents that play in
the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.