Truman Opponent Closing Its Doors
Truman State will go down as the final football opponent of Urbana University. The Division II school in Ohio has announced it will close its doors. A statement from the university says the COVID pandemic added “a level of stress and uncertainty” that make it impossible to sustain. At the end of the 2020 spring semester, the school will discontinue enrollment and physical operations according to the school’s website. A total of 111 full-time Urbana employees will be affected by the closure, while some of them will be able to work at Franklin University, which purchased Urbana back in 2014.
In the school’s final football game in Urbana, Ohio, the Blue Knights lost to Truman 24-14 on November 16th. The two programs were not scheduled to meet in 2020.
This is not the first time Truman was part of a football program’s final game. Nebraska-Omaha won its final game at Stokes Stadium 62-61 in 2010, then later in the academic year the school announced it was dropping football in a move to Division I.