Of course, while I'm taking a break from the blog, one of the biggest stories of the year breaks.
Yesterday, the Alabama A&M athletic department announced the elimination of the Men's Soccer program after the 2010 season. Citing budgetary cuts, Athletic Director Betty Austin decided to end one of the most successful programs in the school's history. A winner of two national championships under the stewardship of head coach Sallah Yousif, the program compiled over 200 wins in 21 years.
Phone calls and emails to the A&M Athletic Department have not been returned at the time of this post.
This is a truly sad day in Huntsville soccer and the community as a whole. The program has not only recruited great soccer players to the area but valuable members of the community, who after their playing days were over continued to contribute to the value of the area.