By MITCH STACY
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Facing declining enrollment, a huge budget deficit and other problems, the new president of a small Ohio community college took an unorthodox step to help right the ship: She started a football team.
But there have been more jeers than cheers since the team named as its starting quarterback a former high school player who was convicted in the Steubenville rape case a few years ago.
Betty Young is the new president of Hocking College in rural southeastern Ohio. She hoped that playing football and other sports will help raise the school’s profile, boost morale and generate some revenue.
But there has been criticism over the college taking on Trent Mays. He’s the former Steubenville high school player who was convicted of rape in a case that got national media attention a few years ago.
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