Malone University in Canton, Ohio announced February 1 it is ending its football program. This will save them $1 million annually. They are in a restructuring process designed to eliminate a $2.5 million structural deficit over the next two years. National signing day is Feb. 6 so Malone announced it earlier so recruits could go somewhere else. They will honor the scholarships of any athlete that wants to remain at Malone.
My son and I visited Malone last February and met with a football coach. It was a very nice school and we kind of put them in the hopper as possible landing destinations for my son next year. One strike against Malone (from my son's perspective) was their very bad record over several years. I could live with that because of the worldview taught at the school. It is an Evangelical Christian school associated with the Evangelical Friends denomination. He could have gained a lot from Malone in many other ways besides football.
The larger issue for me was after doing some background investigation on the school, I discovered they were on probation with their accrediting agency. The reason was financial shortfall and that they relied too much on incoming students for increasing their income. In other words, tuition from incoming students made up too high of a percentage of their total yearly income and they did not have a plan to overcome this deficit. The accrediting agency noted this is not sustainable.
If Malone became one of my son's main choices, I would have had a conversation with someone in the administration about their accrediting agency issues. It never came to that because my son set his sights on other, more successful football programs, at even better schools. I recall that as we toured the school, the football coach who showed us around told us Malone was going to build a new football stadium soon. They were currently playing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame stadium. That football coach had been hired just a month before our visit. Seemed like a nice guy. He is now looking for another position.
Thank God my son did not choose Malone as his destination. I feel bad for the school because it is a good education with a good worldview. Unfortunately, it wasn't able to sustain its football program.
I do wish them well. Some of my relatives graduated from Malone.
The Pioneers competed in the NCAA Div. II Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
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