A Study of the Kalamazoo College Football Program: What Made It Rise and What Made It Fall
Rose, Michael L.
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I decided to do my Senior Individual Project on the Kalamazoo College football program for a couple of simple reasons. First, I am an English major concentrating on a career in sports journalism, and the topic decidedly interested me. More importantly, I am very concerned with the future of Hornet football. As a concerned alumnus, I have a stake in the success of the football program. Being a four-year letterman and a tri-captain of the 1985 squad, I believe I am in an ideal position to prepare such an S.I.P. For four years I have been in the locker rooms and in the coaches' office observing the Hornet program. I feel that I am perhaps the only student qualified to discuss this particular topic. The topic, of course being, Hornet football and the characteristics associated with the program. Although a large portion of this project will be dedicated to the history of Kalamazoo football, the main focus of my research is to examine some of the chief problems of the program. The years of 1984 and 1985 have been regarded as the darkest in the school's 92-year football history. Combining these seasons, Hornet teams only managed to win three games in eighteen attempts. It is true that "K" has never been a dominating force in the MIAA football league, but the past two seasons have warranted much criticism and investigation into the problems of the program. As a concerned soon-to-be-alumnus, I have taken it upon myself to investigate some of the possible reasons for this drastic decline of Hornet football. I am hoping that my report will prove to be a catalyst in the rejuvenation of the football program at "K". I feel that l owe the college that much, in view of what it has done for me. Most of all, I feel l owe it to my former teammates, both past and present, to try and identify the problems that have contributed to this decline. I have invested much time, effort and pain in the football program and for my work I unfortunately was unable to participate in the winning of many games. Winning and losing, of course, are the main focus of any football program. I can no longer help "K" win any games on the field, but I can help in another capacity. As an interested alumnus, I can help the administration see some of the problems the program has endured.