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Saints Won't Meet MacMurray on Gridiron, College Announces Closing at End of 2019-2020 Season

Updated: March 27, 2020 10:50 PM

Colleges across the country are canceling their spring semesters and going to classes online due to COVID-19, however, MacMurray College announced it's closing for good.

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This will make the end of its 147 year old history.

MacMurray is part of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) conference that features Duluth's College of St. Scholastica (CSS).

The UMAC will proceed as an eight-member football conference for the 2020 season.

“We recognize that the landscape of higher education is continually evolving and presenting institutions with a variety of challenges related to fiscal stability,” said UMAC Commissioner Corey Borchardt. “UMAC members empathize with MacMurray’s Board of Trustees and campus leadership as the institution chose to make a difficult decision during this unprecedented chapter in intercollegiate athletics.”

MacMurray joined the UMAC as an associate football-only member in 2009. The Highlanders finished in the top three of the UMAC standings in each of the last four seasons including back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2017 and 2018.

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