SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's game over for the fans and athletes who wear the uniforms of the Armstrong Pirates.
Last week the school, as a part of its consolidation with Georgia Southern announced all intercollegiate activities will end at the conclusion of this current season.
The demise of competitive sports on the Abercorn campus was a foregone conclusion once the merger was announced a few months ago. However, with the completion of combining the two campuses still more than a year and a half away, many fans and athletes thought they'd get one last chance to wear the maroon and gold before having to transition to true blue.
Armstrong athletics has a strong history with more than 13 national championships and 96 Peach Belt championships. And we hate to see it go.
The university cited safety among the many reasons for making this determination now. They tell us that since the announced merger, many student-athletes have already left looking for new opportunities, leaving teams with not enough players, making it not safe for those who stayed.
The university will continue to honor the scholarship of athletes who do remain, but of course, their competitive days may be behind them.
Consider this: We understand this outcome was inevitable. Running a collegiate athletic program is very expensive and the finances just didn't add up to keeping sports going on both campuses. We just didn't want the game to end so early and without a chance to honor the thousands of local athletes who were always proud to be Armstrong Pirates.