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List of defunct college football teams

This is a list of universities in the United States that sponsored football at one time but have since discontinued their programs. The last season that the school fielded a football team is included.

Division I schoolsEdit

School Type City State Last
American University Private, Methodist Washington DC 1941
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public Little Rock AR 1955 UALR, now branded athletically as Little Rock, fielded a football team when it was known as Little Rock Junior College.
Boston University Private, Methodist former Boston MA 1997
Bradley University Private, Independent Peoria IL 1970
California State University, Fullerton Public Fullerton CA 1992
California State University, Long Beach Public Long Beach CA 1991
California State University, Northridge Public Los Angeles CA 2001
University of California, Riverside Public Riverside CA 1975
University of California, Santa Barbara Public Santa Barbara CA 1991
Canisius College Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Buffalo NY 2002
Carlisle Indian Industrial School Public, Indian Carlisle PA 1917 The school closed before college football was aligned into divisions, but it is retroactively considered to have been a "major college" program by the NCAA.
College of Charleston Public Charleston SC 1923
Creighton University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Omaha NE 1942
University of Denver Private, Methodist founding Denver CO 1960
DePaul University Private, Catholic (Vincentian) Chicago IL 1938
University of Detroit Private, Catholic (Jesuit/Sisters of Mercy) Detroit MI 1964 In 1990, Detroit merged with Mercy College to form the University of Detroit Mercy. Despite the new institutional name, the athletic program did not adopt "Detroit Mercy" until 2017.
Drexel University Private, non-sectarian Philadelphia PA 1973
University of Evansville Private, Methodist Evansville IN 1997
Fairfield University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Fairfield CT 2002
George Washington University Private, non-sectarian Washington DC 1966
Gonzaga University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Spokane WA 1941
High Point University Private, Methodist High Point NC 1950
Hofstra University Private, non-sectarian Hempstead NY 2009
University of Illinois at Chicago Public Chicago IL 1973
Iona College Private, Catholic (Christian Brothers) New Rochelle NY 2008
Jacksonville University Private, non-sectarian Jacksonville FL 2019
La Salle University Private, Catholic (Lasallian) Philadelphia PA 2007
Long Island University Private, non-sectarian New York City NY 1940 At the time this program was active, Long Island University consisted only of what is now the school's Brooklyn campus. LIU opened what is now known as the Post campus in 1951, and the two campuses maintained separate athletic programs until 2019. By that time, only the Post campus, competing in Division II, sponsored football. LIU merged its two athletic programs in 2019, and the Post football team became the new LIU football team, competing as the LIU Sharks.
Loyola Marymount University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Los Angeles CA 1951 Was known as Loyola University of Los Angeles when playing football.
Loyola University Chicago Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Chicago IL 1930
Loyola University Maryland Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Baltimore MD 1933
Manhattan College Private, Catholic (Lasallian) New York City NY 1942
Marquette University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Milwaukee WI 1960
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Public Princess Anne MD 1979
Mount Saint Mary's University Private, Catholic Emmitsburg MD 1950
City College of New York Public New York City NY 1951
New York University Private, Protestant non-denominational New York City NY 1952
Niagara University Private, Catholic (Vincentian) Lewiston NY 1950
University of North Carolina at Asheville Public Asheville NC 1954 UNCA was known as Asheville-Biltmore College when it last competed in football.[1]
Northeastern University Private, Protestant (YMCA) former Boston MA 2009
University of the Pacific Private, Methodist formerly Stockton CA 1995
Pepperdine University Private, Church of Christ Malibu CA 1961
University of Portland Private, Catholic (Holy Cross) Portland OR 1949
Providence College[2] Private, Catholic (Dominican) Providence RI 1941
Rider University Private, non-sectarian Lawrenceville NJ 1951
St. Bonaventure University Private, Catholic (Franciscan) Allegany NY 1951
St. Francis College (New York) Private, Catholic (Franciscan) Brooklyn Heights NY 1935
St. John's University (New York) Private, Catholic (Vincentian) New York City NY 2002
Saint Joseph's University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Philadelphia PA 1939
Saint Louis University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) St. Louis MO 1949
Saint Mary's College of California Private, Catholic (Christian Brothers) Moraga CA 2003
Saint Peter's University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Jersey City NJ 2006
University of San Francisco Private, Catholic (Jesuit) San Francisco CA 1971
Santa Clara University Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Santa Clara CA 1992
Seton Hall University Private, Catholic (diocesan) South Orange NJ 1981
Siena College Private, Catholic (Franciscan) Loudonville NY 2003
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Public Corpus Christi TX 1966 Was known as University of Corpus Christi when football was discontinued.
University of Texas at Arlington Public Arlington TX 1985
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public Rio Grande Valley TX c. late
UTRGV traces its athletic history through the University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA), one of the two institutions that merged in 2015 to form the current university. UTPA fielded a football team when it was known as Edinburg Junior College.
University of Vermont Public Burlington VT 1974
Wichita State University Public Wichita KS 1986
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Public Milwaukee WI 1974
Xavier University (Ohio) Private, Catholic (Jesuit) Cincinnati OH 1973

Non-Division I schoolsEdit

School City State Last
Adelphi University Garden City NY 1953
Alabama Presbyterian College Anniston AL 1917 closed in 1918
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks AK 1952
Alliance College Cambridge Springs PA 1949 closed in 1987
Aquinas College Grand Rapids MI 1951
Arnold College New Haven CT 1953 merged with University of Bridgeport
Athens State University Athens AL 1949
Atlantic University Virginia Beach VA 1930
Aurora University Aurora IL 1952
Bacone College Muskogee OK 2017
University of Baltimore Baltimore MD 1935
Bard College Annondale-on-Hudson NY 1924
Battle Creek College Berrien Springs MI 1926 now Andrews University
Beaver College Glenside PA 1904 now Arcadia University
Bishop College Dallas TX 1986 closed in 1988 and absorbed by Paul Quinn College
Blackburn College Carlinville IL 2008
Bluefield State College Bluefield WV 1980
Boston State College Boston MA 1974 absorbed into UMass Boston
Bradley University Peoria IL 1970
Brandeis University Waltham MA 1959[3]
University of Bridgeport Bridgeport CT 1975
Broaddus College Philippi WV 1921 merged into Alderson Broaddus University, Alderson Broaddus reinstated football in Division II in 2013[4] and added a sprint football team in 2019
Brooklyn College New York NY 1990
California Baptist University Riverside CA 1955
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA 1993[5]
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona CA 1985
California State University, Chico Chico CA 1996
California State University, Hayward Hayward CA 1993 now California State University, East Bay
California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 1977
University of California, San Diego San Diego CA 1968[6]
Cameron University Lawton OK 1992
Canterbury College (Indiana) Danville IN 1950 Closed in 1951
Cedarville University Cedarville OH 1953
Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport LA 1947
Champlain College Burlington VT 1953
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Cheyney PA 2017
Christian Brothers University Memphis TN 1922
Claflin University Orangeburg SC 1965
Clarke Memorial College Newton MI 1933 absorbed into Mississippi College
Clarkson University Potsdam NY 1952
Colorado College Colorado Springs CO 2008[7]
Concordia College Alabama Selma AL 2015 closed in 2018
Cooper Union New York NY 1933
Daniel Baker College Brownwood TX 1951
Davis & Elkins College Elkins WV 1953
Detroit Institute of Technology Detroit MI 1951 closed in 1981
Dillard University New Orleans LA 1965
University of the District of Columbia Washington DC 1974
Drury University Springfield MI 1932
College of Emporia Emporia KS 1972[8] closed in 1974
Erskine College Due West SC 1952
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck campus) Teaneck NJ Fairleigh Dickinson's other campus, Florham, currently has a football program in Division III
Federal City Washington DC 1974 merged with D.C. Teachers College and Washington Technical Institute to form the University of the District of Columbia
Fisk University Nashville TN 1983
Florida N&I Miami Gardens FL 1958 now Florida Memorial University, reviving the program in 2020[9]
Florida Southern College Lakeland FL 1935
Fort Lauderdale College Fort Lauderdale FL 1981 now a part of the Everest University system; closed in 2015
Frederick College Portsmouth VA 1967[10]
Georgia Southwestern State University Americus GA 2003
Georgia State College Tifton GA 1932 now Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Haskell Indian Nations University Lawrence KS 2014
Haverford College Haverford PA 1971
Hiram Scott College Scottsbluff NE 1970
Humboldt State University Arcata CA 2018
Huntington College Huntington IN 1949
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins TX 1966
Keene State College Keene NH 1929
King College Bristol TN 2003
Knoxville College Knoxville TN 1997
Lake Superior State University Sault Sainte Marie MI 1950
Lambuth University Jackson TN 2010 closed in 2011
Lees–McRae College Banner Elk NC 1993
Leland College Baker LA 1959 closed in 1960
LeMoyne–Owen College Memphis TN 1950
Lewis University Romeoville IN 1956
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate TN 1931
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville IL 2018 [11]
Long Island University Post Brookville NY 2018 The Post athletic program merged with the program of LIU Brooklyn, which did not sponsor football, in 2019. The Post football team now competes as the LIU Sharks.
Louisville Municipal Louisville KY 1951 now Simmons College of Kentucky
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans LA 1939
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock TX 1982
Malone University Canton OH 2018
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield PA 2006 Mansfield began play in sprint football in 2008
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown WI 2015
University of Massachusetts Boston Dorchester MA 2000
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell MA 2002
Menlo College Atherton CA 2014
Middle Georgia College Cochran GA 1961 Merged with Macon State College to become Middle Georgia State University in 2013
Milligan College Milligan College TN 1950
Milton College Milton WI 1981 closed in 1982
University of Minnesota Crookston Crookston MN 2019
Mississippi Industrial College Holly Springs MI 1964 closed in 1982
Montana State University - Billings Billings MT 1978
Morris College Sumter SC 1964
Morris Brown College Atlanta GA 2003
Morthland College West Frankfurt IL 2016 closed in 2018
Mount Ida College Newton MA 2017 closed in 2018.
Nebraska Central College Central City NE 1951 closed in 1953[12][circular reference]
University of Nebraska Omaha Omaha NE 2010 last played football as a Division II school, dropped the sport as part of its move to Division I
New Bedford Textile Dartmouth MA 1950 later New Bedford Institute of Technology; now University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
New England College Henniker NH 1973
New Jersey City University Jersey City NJ 2002
New York University New York NY 1952
Polytechnic University of New York New York NY 1902 Polytechnic is now the engineering school of New York University, and was known informally as "NYU Poly"; the NYU Poly athletic program merged into that of NYU effective with the 2014–15 school year
State University of New York at Farmingdale East Farmingdale NY 1937
State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia NY 1916
State University of New York at Geneseo Geneseo NY 1913
State University of New York at New Paltz New Paltz NY 1936
State University of New York at Oswego Oswego NY 1976
State University of New York at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh NY 1978
State University of New York at Potsdam Potsdam NY 1903
New York Institute of Technology New York NY 1983
Norman College, GA Norman Park GA 1940 closed in 1971[13][circular reference]
University of North Dakota-Ellendale Ellendale ND 1971 closed in 1971
North Georgia College Dahlonega GA 1931 now University of North Georgia
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL 1988
Northern Idaho College of Education Lewiston ID 1950 now Lewis–Clark State College
Northland College (Wisconsin) Ashland WI 1975
Northwood University, TX Midland MI 1971
Oakland University Rochester MI 1957
Oglethorpe University Brookhaven GA 1940
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City OK 1950
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls OR 1992
College of the Ozarks Clarksville AR 1967[14] now University of the Ozarks
Paine College Augusta GA 2013
Panzer College Montclair NJ 1950 merged with Montclair State University in 1958
Parsons College Fairfield IA 1970 closed in 1973
Paul Quinn College Dallas TX 2006
Philadelphia University Philadelphia PA 1900 The athletic program is now known as Jefferson, reflecting the 2017 merger of Philadelphia University with Thomas Jefferson University.
Philander Smith College Little Rock AR 1964
Phillips University Enid OK 1933 closed in 1998
Piedmont College Demorest GA 1940
Principia College Elsah IL 2008
Quantico Marines Quantico VA 1972
Queens College New York NY 1974
Ramapo College Mahwah NJ 1992
Reed College Portland OR 1952
Regis University Denver CO 1942
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande OH 1949
Roanoke College Salem VA 1942
Rochester Institute of Technology Henrietta NY 1977
Roger Williams University Bristol RI 1987
Rollins College Winter Park FL 1950
Rust College Holly Springs MI 1964
St. Cloud State University St. Cloud MN 2019
Saint Joseph's College (Indiana) Rensselaer IN 2016 closed in 2017
Saint Leo University Saint Leo FL 1980
Saint Martin's University Lacey WA 1951
St. Mary of the Plains College Dodge City KS 1991 closed in 1992
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Winona MN 1954
St. Mary's University, Texas San Antonio TX 1941
Saint Michael's College, NM Santa Fe NM 1950 now Santa Fe University of Art and Design; closed in 2018
Saint Michael's College, VT Colchester VT 1953
Saint Paul's College Lawrenceville VA 2010 closed in 2013
Samuel Huston College Austin TX 1951 now Huston–Tillotson University
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 1994
The University of Scranton Scranton PA 1960
Selma University Selma AL 1940
Shaw College at Detroit Detroit MI 1951 closed in 1983
Shurtleff College Alton IL 1950 closed in 1957
Si Tanka-Huron University Huron SD 2004 closed in 2005
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA 1997
South Carolina Trade Columbia SC 1966 now Midlands Technical College
University of South Dakota - Springfield Springfield SD 1982 closed in 1984
South Georgia College Douglas GA 1940
Southern California College Costa Mesa CA 1961 now Vanguard University
Southern Idaho College of Education Albion ID 1950 closed in 1951
Spring Hill College Mobile AL 1941[15]
College of Steubenville Steubenville OH 1949 now Franciscan University of Steubenville
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken NJ 1924
Sue Bennett College London KY 1997 closed in fall 1997 and absorbed by Union College (KY)
Swarthmore College Swarthmore PA 2000
Talladega College Talladega AL 1940
University of Tampa Tampa FL 1974
Tarkio College Tarkio MO 1990 closed in 1992
Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens TN 1993
Tillotson College Austin TX 1950 now Huston–Tillotson University
Tougaloo College Tougaloo MS 1960
Transylvania University Lexington KY 1941
U.S. International University San Diego CA 1980 now Alliant International University
Union University Murfreesbro TN 1952
Upsala College East Orange NJ 1993 closed in 1995
Washington College Chestertown MD 1950
Webb Institute New York NY 1931
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Beckley WV 2011
Western Reserve University Hudson OH 1967 merged with Case Institute of Technology to form Case Western Reserve University
Western Washington University Bellingham WA 2008
Westmar University Le Mars IO 1997 closed after fall 1997 semester
Westminster College (Utah) Salt Lake City UT 1978
Whitman College Walla Walla WA 1976
Wilberforce University Wiberforce OH 1944
Wiley College Marshall TX 1968
William Carey University Hattiesburg MS 1955
Wisconsin Extension 1955 merged with Wisconsin State College of Milwaukee to form today's University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin–Superior Superior WI 1992
Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans LA 1959
Yankton College Yankton SD 1983 closed in 1984
York College (Nebraska) York NE 1953

International schoolsEdit

United Kingdom
  • Aberdeen Steamroller
  • Aston Rhinos
  • Cambridge Pythons
  • Dundee Bluedevils
  • Manchester MPs
  • Strathclyde Hawks

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ archives/institutional history/history 1927 2001/UNCAhistory.html History of UNCA[permanent dead link] at
  2. ^ Providence College Football, 1921-1941 Archived January 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Football Dropped at Brandeis U". Associated Press. May 17, 1960.
  4. ^ Stevens, Rich (June 25, 2012). "More than meets eye in breakup of WVIAC". Charleston Daily Mail. Charleston, WV. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Year by year results" (PDF). Caltech. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ [1]
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  12. ^,_Nebraska#1930s_to_the_present. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^,_Georgia. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  15. ^ Sports Shorts, The Day, January 10, 1942.
  16. ^ "Former Andersen Airman recalls Guam, base's football history". Inside Andersen AFB. February 19, 2014.