TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima College opened practice Wednesday on what will be the final season of the football program.
The Aztecs will cease to exist when the 2020 academic year begins next July, as the program is the victim of sweeping budget cuts within the Pima Athletics department.
The move to eliminate football was accelerated when Maricopa County announced earlier this year they would cut the sport at four of their two-year collegiate institutions.
The loss of in-state competition made the Pima program expendable.
118 players were on the field for the start of Aztecs' Fall Camp.
P.C.C. finished 2-9 in 2017 but expect to be strong on defense led by tackle Tony Fair, a Nebraska-commit and end Brandon Maddox, who picked up an offer Wednesday from the Big Ten's Indiana Hoosiers.
Maddox is the latest son of Arizona Wildcats Desert Swarm linebacker Richard Maddox ('92) to star for Pima.
Aaron Maddox parlayed a 1st-team all-Western States Football League 2017 season into a Pac-12 scholarship to Colorado.
The Aztecs will begin their final season on September 1 on the road at Eastern Arizona.