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Several news outlets in Augusta, Georgia are reporting that Paine College will suspend its football program for the next two years.

Paine's interim president Dr. Samuel Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed.paine lion2011

“At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College,” said Sullivan. “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College's accreditation.”

“We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets,” Sullivan stated.

The school's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the suspension of the program that was just a year old.

“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn.  “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men's and five women's sports.”  Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.

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