Northeastern shuts down football team

I’m just waiting for some clarification on some power ratings points before I post the official Central Mass. ratings heading into Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you a link to a story about some sad news about the Northeastern football team getting cut due to budget restrictions.

The Huskies have a handful of Central Mass. ties, most notably junior running back John Griffin of Oakmont. Griffin has rushed for 715 yards in nine games since taking over as the Huskies starter and now he suddenly finds himself looking for a place to play next fall.

Griffin was a T&G Super Teamer after he and teammate Kyle Anderson led Oakmont football team (and track team, for that matter) to greatness in 2006. Griffin broke the school record for touchdowns in a single season with 25 and his 152 total points were also a school record. Griffin rushed for 1,239 yards and was named team MVP and Division 3 co-MVP.

Incidentally, Oakmont’s Eric Howlett has a chance to break Griffin’s scoring mark with 146 points (and counting) heading into Turkey Day.

If Griffin decides to transfer and play elsewhere (and his work this year seems to indicate a lot of programs will have an interest in him), he won’t have to wait a year to suit up after a transfer to another D1 school, because the Northeastern program was disbanded.

The Huskies have served as a solid home for some of the better players in recent area history, as Northeastern will graduate three former Central Mass. stars this spring in OL Matt Allain (St. Peter-Marian), DB Jake Catlin (Oakmont) and WR David Racca (Algonquin).

Globe: Northeastern calls an end to football


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