ATΩ Takeover — Fraternity to compete in MIAA football next year

Get ready for another football team on Albion College’s campus.

In an audacious move, Albion College’s chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity announced that it will form its own football team. Members of the fraternity had previously composed a large contingent of the Briton football squad. The new team is scheduled to compete in the MIAA for the 2012 season.

“We dominated Greek Week Tug of War because we’re, you know, beasts. That’s when we realized we could do something like this,” Guy Manlee, Detroit junior, said. “I’m surprised we didn’t think of this sooner. We have a bunch of really smart guys in our house.”

Many students are concerned about how this development will affect the already established Albion College football team. After winning the 2011 MIAA Championship, many expect more success from the Britons next season. Coach Greg Fumble said that the team is actively recruiting new players.

“We almost got [Tim] Tebow after God granted him a 5th year of eligibility, but he chose those zealots over at Hope College instead,” Fumble said. “We have found a lot of solid guys in the music and theatre departments. They really know how to run a play.”

Pat Rearend, Albion College’s athletic director, said he saw a similar situation unfold while working in the athletic department at Southeastern Oregon State Institute of Technology and Culinary Arts — Beaverton. He is worried the move could have a domino effect on the rest of Albion’s sports teams.

“When I was at SOSITCAB, we had a sorority form their own women’s cricket team,” Rearend said. “Soon we had two varsity squads for every sport from euchre to competitive remote control car racing.”

Student reaction to the news was tempered. Cruz N. Booz, Saginaw sophomore, said he may attend more football games next semester now that Albion has two teams.

“Wait, I didn’t know Albion had a football team,” Booz said. “I suppose I might actually attend a game now that we have two teams.”

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Dan is a senior Political Science major from Detroit, Michigan. He loves Detroit sports, and his favorite team is the Michigan State Spartans. Dan currently serves as editor of the Opinion section, and is formerly a managing editor, and editor of the Sports section for the Pleiad. Follow Dan on Twitter.

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