The Last Season - 1960
The Royals began the 1960 season the same way that they ended the 1959 season, losing to Hofstra. But the team convincingly beat Lycoming, King's and Drexel in their next three games before losing to Albright in the Shriner's Pretzel Bowl game held in Reading. Unfortunately the Royals then lost to Juniata and Muhlenberg. This season ended with a victory against Wilkes and a 4-4-0 record. Leo Broadhurst's number was officially retired at the end of the 1960 season. Unfortunately, it would not be the only number retired.
On Jan. 3, 1961 the University of Scranton discontinued the football program. The program had been losing money for more than a decade primarily due to poor attendance at the games. University President the Very Rev. John J. Long, S. J. stated: "attendance at this sport, following a national pattern, continues to dwindle while the cost of fielding a team steadily increases. This can be attributed in part to the influence of television in changing the habits of sports fans who now prefer to watch top college and professional teams in the comfort of their homes instead of attending the games of their home college teams."
According to the Aquinas the University decided to use the money that had been supporting the football program for other purposes. "The main factor is the rapid expansion of the University. The need of bigger and better buildings, and the necessity to acquire more professors to cope with the rapidly increasing student body, enhance the discontinuation decree."
While some members of the University community complained about the discontinuation of football program, the University of Scranton hung onto its program longer than many other Jesuit schools. Georgetown, Marquette, and former rivals Fordham, St. Joseph's, and Canisius had all dropped football earlier than the University of Scranton.
Pete Carlesimo remained as athletic director. He finished his career as football coach with a record of 80-60-4.
The team, counting since Jack Harding arrived, had accumulated a 164-110-19 record.
Although the varsity football team would no longer compete, the sport continue to be played at the University. An intramural team had been in existence during the 1950s and that team continued to play football into the early 1970s.
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