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Alabama A&M to drop men's program
by Paul Kennedy, August 16th, 2010 5:32AM
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[COLLEGE] As players, many of them from overseas, began arriving on campus for the 2010 season, they got word that this will be the last season for men's soccer at Alabama A&M, once a national power. It's the 20th Division I men's soccer program dropped since 1990.

The Department of Athletics announced Friday the elimination of men's soccer from its list of sponsored activities after the 2010 season.

The fact the Bulldogs are the only men's soccer program in the SWAC hurt, forcing them to patch together an independent schedule, but finances were the bottom line.

Coach Salah Yousif, the current men’s soccer coach, will lose his head coaching position but will remain with the university as an assistant professor in the department of economics & finance.
 
All existing scholarship agreements will be honored and the school will grant full eligibility releases to any other institution that seeks players who wish to transfer.
 
Yousif has a 238-121-24 record in 21 years with the Bulldogs, who were second in Division I in 1981.
 
Over the last eight years, A&M has had just two winning seasons.

SCHOOL (LAST YEAR)
*Houston Baptist (1990)
North Texas (1993)
Illinois State (1994)
Central Michigan (1994)
Arkansas-Little Rock (1995)
Maryland-Eastern Shore (1996)
Texas-Pan American (1997)
Northeastern Illinois (1997)
South Alabama (1998)
Miami-Ohio (1998)
Eastern Michigan (1998)
Charleston Southern (2002)
Fresno State (2002)
TCU (2002)
The Citadel (2002)
East Carolina (2005)
Vanderbilt (2005)
Western Kentucky (2008)
Maine (2009)
Alabama A&M (2011)
*Later reinstated.



5 comments
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: August 17, 2010 at 9:35 a.m.
    It's funny that the A & M Women's soccer program did worst than the Men's team but were not dropped from the program. I wonder if this is true with the past Collegiant Teams that have dropped there programs. Funny that we still live in a red-neck society, football, baseball, and Basketball programs would probably never be affected like the soccer programs in this country, what a shame, since the programs cost far less money to operate than any of the other sports and to keep the Womens team and sacrifice the Mens team is a kick in the testicles!!!
  1. Scott Olson
    commented on: August 17, 2010 at 11:04 a.m.
    And everyone looks around and wonders why USA can't compete as a powerhouse in the world soccer arena. Because our nation doesn't care about the true #1 world competitive sport. You don't see Europe running out to start American Football (Catch) teams. As long as this country keeps thinking that Select and Professional Academy teams (that the professional teams aren't even spending that much money in) are going to grow world competitive players to choose from, we will never really compete as a nation at the top. Although it is not the Pro Teams fault, so to speak, they just aren't pulling in the money to spend, because nobody really goes to there games on the whole either. Well, not numbers compared to the rest of the world competitive nations.
  1. Jorge Diaz
    commented on: August 17, 2010 at 11:06 a.m.
    Before close a program, the directors should look into a different style of coaching. America needs to develop more soccer programs and closing it will delay the success of soccer. There are plenty of coaches that need the experience at College level. Please reconsider it. Thanks
  1. ali alhayki
    commented on: September 29, 2010 at 1:53 a.m.
    Sad News …I wish they think over it again I was too proud to be member in this team one day even though it was not for long time. but as Alabama A&M student and Soccer player I think it is a big mistake to close such program it may be huge inspiration special for us who came from over seas knowing that A&M have a Soccer Team, For those who know or not please wake up Number one sport all over the plant is SOCCOR not American football or basketball. SOCCER is far away higher in fans and players other thing more & more. Also if we compare Men team with woman team in A&M we will fine out that woman team doing worst than men but I think we still live in woman world by saying Woman should be fist in every thing … please forgive sisters on this… all my aim to see the Soccer grow on the stat so, I hope and I wish they think about this again. Note : I am still checking the results of the team even though I graduated in 2004 -2005 …and I always wish that I have more time to play to that great team. Best regard Ali Alhayki A&M student one day From Kingdom Of Bahrain
  1. Badri Farhat
    commented on: May 4, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.
    i Need to get Soccer Scholarship to U.S.A

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