By BARRY LANK
EAGLE ROCK – Occidental College is canceling the rest of its football season, with officials saying the team simply doesn’t have enough healthy players to finish out the four remaining Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games.
“No one wanted or expected the season to end this way,” President Jonathan Veitch said in a statement released on Tuesday. “After cancelling two of our first five games because of a depleted roster, including last weekend’s Homecoming game, the need to address the viability of the season became unavoidable.”
The college had already canceled two of its first five games this season, including the homecoming game last week against the University of La Verne. Even a month before that, as far back as mid-September, the roster had already gotten perilously thin. Two players had left the team by then, and nine were out with injuries, leaving just 36 players, according to Football Scoop.
Veitch said the college will now be working to rebuild the roster for next season, and has met with a new alumni football subcommittee “to consider what’s needed to sustain a competitive football program.”
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