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End zone? Pima College looks at dropping Aztec football program

Pima Community College may soon field its last football squad. College leaders are citing the costs and viability of a shrinking junior college league as they look at the future of the team.

PCC will hold a public meeting next Monday evening to discuss the challenges facing Aztec football.

The Maricopa Community College District announced last month that it will end football programs after the 2018 season at its four community colleges that play the sport: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Glendale.

Monday at 6 p.m. at the PCC District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., C-105, PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert, Athletic Director Edgar Soto and head coach Jim Monaco will take part in a public forum to talk about the future of the Pima team.

Lambert cited league viability, cost, long-term concerns about the future of the sport itself, and liability issues as factors being weighed by the college, a news release said.

"“For our players, football has been an important path to college, and our players and coaches have developed lifelong bonds," Soto said. "But the landscape of football in Arizona is changing and Pima is trying to figuring out where we fit in."

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Freshman Larry Rembert makes a catch during an October 2017 game.