HIBBING - Hibbing Community College plans to hold a meeting Thursday to discuss suspending the school's football program because of its academic struggles.
"This forum will be an opportunity for the public to provide input on my recommendation, which is to suspend the program," Provost Ken Simberg said.
The recommendation, Simberg said, has nothing to do with a case in which three football players and a former player are accused of taking part in a rape on campus in October.
"I can understand how it seems like a knee-jerk reaction, but it's simply poor timing. The records will show that it's been an academic issue for some time."
Simberg said his recommendation follows years of reviewing players' grades.
"The academic performance of the members of the football team is poor, sub-par," he said.
For the past five years, the team's grade point average has been about 1.8 on a 4.0 scale, Simberg said.
Simberg said he expects to make a final decision late next week.
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