Whitney Young Magnet High School of the Chicago Public League scrubbed the remainder of its football schedule in 2017 because, according to principal Joyce Kenner, too many players are either injured or failing classes.
The Dolphins, an Illinois Class 7A playoff qualifier just two years ago with a 9-0 regular season record, hasn’t won a game through five weeks of 2017. The program was down to 19 players, according to DNAInfo.com in Chicago, before administration pulled the plug on the season.
The school put out a call to students, inviting them to join the team. The final blow came, however, when two additional players being declared acedmically ineligible.
“We’re a no-nonsense school, and students have to be maintaining their grade point averages in the classroom,” Kenner said. “That’s a rule we have here and it’s a stiff rule.”
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Accoring to DNAInfo.com, football will return for the 2018 season, but with some unspecified “major changes.”
Homecoming, therefore, will be celebrated during a soccer game against Curie Metropolitan High School on Thursday. The senior football players and their parents will still be recognized, though it will happen during a prep rally.