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Eastern Michigan faculty and students: "Drop Division 1 football"

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Calling the spending on college athletics at EMU "insane," members of the EMU faculty asked the Board of Regents to drop Division I athletics. Faculty representative Howard Bunsis told the board "Culturally and geographically, EMU football will simply never succeed from an attendance and financial standpoint," and that the call has nothing to do with current staff or players, who he calls good people. The student government also came out in support if the proposal, which calls for EMU to join the Horizon League in D-I basketball and D-II football. The report comes after HBO's "Real Sports" highlighted EMU's financial woes. EMU AD Heather Lyke and EMU administers released a statement last week pledging to stand behind EMU's Division I standing. EMU currently dedicates 8% of their overall budget to athletics. More updates will come as the news develops.