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October 4, 2019
Division III Grinnell College’s football team has cancelled the remainder of the season, forfeiting its final seven games in the process. The team has a number of injuries this season. The small-school program has lost 11 of its 38 players during the first three games of the campaign.
“IT WAS NOT THE ADMINISTRATION THAT FORFEITED THE SEASON,” SENIOR LINEBACKER RICK JOHNSON SAID IN A PHONE INTERVIEW. “IT WAS NOT THEIR DOING, IT WAS THE PLAYERS’ DOING, AND IT WAS FOR OUR SAFETY AND TO PROTEST THE ADMINISTRATION IN HOPES TO GET INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT.”
A private liberal arts school, Grinnell is not known for its athletics. School administrators noted that their admissions process is highly selective — leading to many recruits deciding to look in another direction.