Hibbing Community College out in Minnesota is in danger of losing its football program because of poor grades, and it’s clearly causing an uproar amongst the Hibbingans. Over 60 (60!) people showed up to a forum Wednesday held by HCC provost Ken Simberg, giving the team and the public the opportunity to provide input on his recommendation to suspend the school’s program. After a year's worth of research, Simberg found that the average GPA of a Hibbing football player over the past five years is a 1.8 (equivalent to a D+). He also reassured reporters that his recommendation to suspend the program was because of grades and has absolutely nothing to do with the three players and one former player accused of taking part in a rape on campus in October -- because nothing affects a community like a bad GPA.
The student athletes who spoke, not surprisingly, were lobbying for the program to stay. Head coach Kurt Zuidmulder was also on hand, saying “if they are worried about academic performance we should have been told that.” And I, for one, couldn’t agree more. Since when has college been about “education?” From my experience, it’s all about sports, booze and men. It’s not right for administrators to expect Zuidmulder to assume such outrageous things. Simberg should have stepped up sooner and given a little *direction* if you ask me.