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Lon Morris shuts down athletic department

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Hundreds of area athletes no longer have a team.   Lon Morris College has decided to shut down its athletic department.

The East Texas school shut down for the summer last month, furloughing nearly every employee.

It's the end of an amazing run for long time men's basketball coach and athletic director Dale Dotson.  Dotson spent 23 years coaching at Lon Morris, winning over 400 games.  He had hoped to win number 500 in the next two years.  That will not happen, as men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer as well as track and field teams are no more.  Around 300 student athletes looking for a new school.

"They aren't kids, but they are to me," said Dotson.  "All those people that at this point in time now if they want to participate in athletics have to find a different place. We'll help them all we can but there's only so much we can do."

The football program had just been brought back 2 years ago under head coach Johnny Richey.  The team was set to play in the Southwest Junior College Conference later this year. 

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