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Arizona Western Commits To Football in 2018, '19, Future Uncertain

Victor Calderón

The President of Arizona Western College announced Thursday that the school is committed to collegiate football in 2018 and 2019, as the community college districts in Maricopa and Pima counties said they will drop football after this season due to budget cuts.

Dr. Daniel Corr said the Matadors football team will play through the 2019 season. This news comes as five fellow schools in the Western States Football League said they will end their programs following this season.

Corr said he spoke with AWC Athletic Director Jerry Smith and Football Coach Tom Minnick to explore options for sustainability for the team. Without the schools in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, the only path forward to sustain the AWC program includes either a reconstruction of the Western States League or membership in another exisiting league, Corr said.

"Out of fairness to the coaches and the student-athletes, I decided to commit now to the 2019 season as we continue to explore our options," Corr told KAWC. "Whether we can find one that allows for sustainability or not, I at least wanted all options to be pursued."

The Matadors have seen success on the field in recent years, playing for national junior college championships. Several former players have moved on to Division 1 college programs and some have made it to the National Football League.

The El Toro Bowl, an annual college football bowl game hosted in Yuma between two junior colleges, will be held following the regular seasons in 2018 and 2019, Corr said.

The Matadors open their season Friday vs. the New Mexico Military Institute at Yuma Catholic High School.

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Credit Victor Calderón

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.