Following the only undefeated home schedule in the history of the program under George Allen for the 1990 season, Allen would pass away on December 31, 1990, leaving the future of the program in doubt. On December 10, 1991, University President Curtis McCray announced the 49ers football program would be disbanded immediately. Disbanding the football team was carried out due to financial shortfalls resulting from California's budget crisis, coupled with increased costs of operating the program and declining fan support.
Although the 49ers have not played a game since 1991, Long Beach is still the NCAA record holder in several categories. These records include: the most passes caught by a running back for both a single game and season with 18 and 99 respectively by Mark Templeton. During the 1986 season, and leading the nation in total offense with an average of 326.8 yards per game for the 1982 season.
Student Efforts to revive a Division 1AA Football program began in April 2008 at CSULB. Jason Aula, Courtney Day, and Chris O'Brien were the student leaders that lead the campaign until the referendum that took place in March 2011. Bring Back 49er Football gathered 2,200 signatures well over the 5% needed to legally warrant a campus wide vote according to the ASI constitution. The signatures were submitted to the CSULB Dean of Students in December 2010. Thereafter the Dean of Students notified the ASI Executive Director that in fact a referendum would have to take place. The Referendum took place March 21-March 24 online, only current CSULB students were able to cast a vote on this matter. 3084 people voted total with 52% of the student body voting "no" and 48% voting "yes".