Transcript for New Jersey high school drops football team
Back with today's big board. New concerns about the safety of high school football just as the season is getting started. Some schools are dropping their programs. One in New Jersey shutting down their variety team and now there are questions about whether this is part of a bigger nationwide trend and T.J. Holmes joins us now. West Windsor plains borough north is the school you're talking about will not have a varsity football season. Gone? Why? Kids aren't signing up to play football so the superintendent put out a statement saying we can't risk it undermanned and undersized. If you're undermanned that doesn't mean you don't have enough players and have to play Phelps and defense or you might have to move up 14 and 15-year-olds to go to varsity. That puts you at risk as well so kids just aren't signing up and it has to do with demographics and something with money and also all of these concussion stories. There are big regional differences. You go up to a place like Michigan where they've lost almost 60 teams have been cut there over the past five years, places like Missouri, as well but then you look at places like Arkansas and Oklahoma and Florida where they have added 150 teams over the past five years between those three states so we talk about demographics and some places like the school in New Jersey, 60% of the school Asian and indian-american. Their family doesn't know the culture. Take a place like Arkansas where every newborn has a swaddle blanket and plush toy with a razorback on it. Fabric of the south. It makes a difference.
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