Posted: 4:17 pm Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Hofstra University announced the termination of its football program today, meaning players like Royal Palm Beach’s Jordan Dangerfield and Palm Beach Lakes’ Navarus Thompson need to find new homes if they want to continue playing college football.
Players have been offered the opportunity to remain on scholarships if they wish to continue their enrollment, but Dangerfield and Thompson said they will leave the school at the end of this semester.
Click here for the New York Times‘ story on Hofstra football.
Dangerfield said the Hofstra coaches called an “urgent meeting” at 10 a.m. today to announce the elimination of the football program.
“My mouth dropped,” Dangerfield said. “I was shocked. That was the last thing on my mind. I never thought that was possible.”
Dangerfield, a true freshman, played in eight of the Pride’s 11 games and led the team with two interceptions this year.
He said he is considering several schools, including UMass, Delaware, Villanova and Richmond. Any player who transfers from Hofstra will be eligible to play immediately.
“It’s been like home to me,” said Dangerfield, who lived in Elmont, N.Y. before moving to Royal Palm Beach as a child. “I’m going to miss all the players. It’s just crazy.”
Thompson re-injured his lower back in the pre-season and red-shirted this year. He said he was disappointed by today’s news but already is working on choosing a new team.
“Schools are calling, but I don’t know yet,” he said. “I’m still weighing my options with schools, but I’m planning on transferring out before the spring semester.”