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

need-limited approach.

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.