List of defunct college football teams

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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 schools[edit]

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
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
La Salle University Private, Catholic (Lasallian) Philadelphia PA 2007
Long Island University Private, non-sectarian New York City NY 1940 Will reinstate football in the 2019 season when the LIU Post Pioneers' team becomes a part of a single LIU athletic program.
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 schools[edit]

School Last
Adelphi University 1953
Alabama Presbyterian College 1917 closed in 1918
University of Alaska Fairbanks 1952
Allen University 2005
Alliance College 1949 closed in 1987
Aquinas College 1951
Arnold College 1953 merged with University of Bridgeport
Athens State University 1949
Atlantic University 1930
Aurora University 1952
Bacone College 2017
University of Baltimore 1935
Baptist Christian 1982
Bard College 1924
Battle Creek College 1926 now Andrews University
Beaver College 1904 now Arcadia University
Bishop College 1986 closed in 1988 and absorbed by Paul Quinn College
Blackburn College 2008
Bluefield State College 1980
Boston State College 1974 absorbed into UMass Boston
Bradley University 1970
Brandeis University 1959[3]
University of Bridgeport 1975
Broaddus College 1921 merged into Alderson Broaddus University, Alderson Broaddus reinstated football in Division II in 2013[4]
Brooklyn College 1990
California Baptist University 1955
California Institute of Technology 1993[5]
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 1985
California State University, Chico 1996
California State University, Hayward 1993 now California State University, East Bay
California State University, Los Angeles 1977
University of California, San Diego 1968[6]
Cameron University 1992
Canterbury College (Indiana) 1950
Cedarville University 1953
Centenary College of Louisiana 1947
Champlain College 1953
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 2017
Christian Brothers University 1922
Claflin University 1965
Clarke Memorial College 1933
Clarkson University 1952
Colorado College 2008[7]
Concordia College Alabama 2015
Cooper Union 1933
Daniel Baker College 1951
Davis & Elkins College 1953
Detroit Institute of Technology 1951 closed in 1981
Dillard University 1965
University of the District of Columbia 1974
Drury University 1932
College of Emporia 1972[8] closed in 1974
Erskine College 1952
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck campus) Fairleigh Dickinson's other campus, Florham, currently has a football program in Division III
Federal City 1974 merged with D.C. Teachers College and Washington Technical Institute to form the University of the District of Columbia
Fisk University 1983
Florida N&I 1958 now Florida Memorial University
Florida Southern College 1935
Fort Lauderdale College 1981 now a part of the Everest University system
Frederick College 1967[9]
Georgia Southwestern State University 2003
Georgia State College 1932 now Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Haskell Indian Nations University 2014
Haverford College 1971
Hiram Scott College 1970
Humboldt State University 2018
Huntington College 1949
Jarvis Christian College 1966
Keene State College 1929
King College 2003
Knoxville College 1997
Lake Superior State University 1950
Lambuth University 2010 closed in 2011
Lees–McRae College 1993
Leland College 1959 closed in 1960
LeMoyne–Owen College 1950
Lewis University 1956
Lincoln Memorial University 1931
Little Rock College 1929
Long Island University Post 2018 Post athletic program will merge with that of LIU Brooklyn in 2019
Louisville Municipal 1951 now Simmons College of Kentucky
Loyola University New Orleans 1939
Lubbock Christian University 1982
Malone University 2018
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 2006 Mansfield began play in sprint football in 2008
Maranatha Baptist University 2015
University of Massachusetts Boston 2000
University of Massachusetts Lowell 2002
Menlo College 2014
Middle Georgia College 1961
Milligan College 1950
Milton College 1981 closed in 1982
Mississippi Industrial College 1964 closed in 1982
Montana State University - Billings 1978
Morris College 1964
Morris Brown College 2003
Morthland College 2016
Mount Ida College 2017 closed in 2018
Nebraska Central College 1951
University of Nebraska Omaha 2010 last played football as a Division II school, dropped the sport as part of its move to Division I
New Bedford Textile 1950 later New Bedford Institute of Technology; now University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
New England College 1973
New Jersey City University 2002
New York University 1952
Polytechnic University of New York 1902 Polytechnic is now the engineering school of New York University, and 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 1937
State University of New York at Fredonia 1916
State University of New York at Geneseo 1913
State University of New York at New Paltz 1936
State University of New York at Oswego 1976
State University of New York at Plattsburgh 1978
State University of New York at Potsdam 1903
New York Institute of Technology 1983
Norman College, GA 1940 closed in 1971
University of North Dakota-Ellendale 1971
North Georgia College 1931 now University of North Georgia
Northeastern Illinois University 1988
Northern Idaho College of Education 1950 now Lewis–Clark State College
Northland College (Wisconsin) 1975
Northwood University, TX 1971
Oakland University 1957
Oglethorpe University 1940
Oklahoma City University 1950
Oregon Institute of Technology 1992
College of the Ozarks 1967[10] now University of the Ozarks
Paine College 2013
Panzer College 1950 merged with Montclair State University in 1958
Parsons College 1970 closed in 1973
Paul Quinn College 2006
Philadelphia University 1900
Philander Smith College 1964
Phillips University 1933 closed in 1998
Piedmont College 1940
Principia College 2008
Quantico Marines 1972
Queens College 1974
Ramapo College 1992
Reed College 1952
Regis University 1942
University of Rio Grande 1949
Roanoke College 1942
Rochester Institute of Technology 1977
Roger Williams University 1987
Rollins College 1950
Rust College 1964
Saint Joseph's College (Indiana) 2016 closed in 2017
Saint Leo University 1980
Saint Martin's University 1951
St. Mary of the Plains College 1991 closed in 1992
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 1954
St. Mary's University, Texas 1941
Saint Michael's College, NM 1950 now Santa Fe University of Art and Design; closed in 2018
Saint Michael's College, VT 1953
Saint Paul's College 2010 closed in 2013
Samuel Huston college 1951 now Huston–Tillotson University
San Francisco State University 1994
The University of Scranton 1960
Selma University 1940
Shaw College at Detroit 1951 closed in 1983
Shurtleff College 1950
Si Tanka-Huron University 2004 closed in 2005
Sonoma State University 1997
South Carolina Trade 1966 now Midlands Technical College
University of South Dakota - Springfield 1982 closed in 1984
South Georgia College 1940
Southern California College 1961 now Vanguard University
Southern Idaho College of Education 1950 closed in 1951
Spring Hill College 1941[11]
College of Steubenville 1949 now Franciscan University of Steubenville
Stevens Institute of Technology 1924
Sue Bennett College 1997 closed in fall 1997 and absorbed by Union College (KY)
Swarthmore College 2000
Talladega College 1940
University of Tampa 1974
Tarkio College 1990 closed in 1992
Tennessee Wesleyan College 1993
Tillotson College 1950 now Huston–Tillotson University
Tougaloo College 1960
Transylvania University 1941
U.S. International University 1980 now Alliant International University
Union University 1952
Upsala College 1993
Washington College 1950
Webb Institute 1931
West Virginia University Institute of Technology 2011
Western Reserve University 1967 merged with Case Institute of Technology to form Case Western Reserve University
Western Washington University 2008
Westmar University 1997 closed after fall 1997 semester
Westminster College (Utah) 1978
Whitman College 1976
Wilberforce University 1944
Wiley College 1968
William Carey University 1955
Wisconsin Extension 1955 merged with Wisconsin State College of Milwaukee to form today's University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin–Superior 1992
Xavier University of Louisiana 1959
Yankton College 1983 closed in 1984
York College (Nebraska) 1953

International schools[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  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". Nashua Telegraph, via Google News. 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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  11. ^ Sports Shorts, The Day, January 10, 1942.
  12. ^ "Former Andersen Airman recalls Guam, base's football history". Inside Andersen AFB. February 19, 2014.