Jacksonville (Fla.) University has discontinued its football program.

The school, which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision in football, said it spent more than a year examining its resources across the athletic department.

"This was a difficult decision," athletic director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said in a statement.

"Our student-athletes and coaches in the football program are talented, tenacious and hard working. We respect them immensely. Reinvesting these resources into our other Division I programs better positions us to enhance the experience for all 450 student-athletes."

Jacksonville went 3-9 this season, including a 1-7 mark in the Pioneer League won by 8-0 San Diego. The Dolphins began their football program in 1998.

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The school announced it is offering full-tuition scholarships to football players who stay at Jacksonville until graduation, and that all contracts with its coaches would be honored.