The Tabor College- McPherson College football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, has been canceled, announced Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference commissioner Scott Crawford Thursday.
The decision was based upon the desire to honor the memory of Brandon Brown, 26, of Southern California, a Tabor College student and football player, and to respect the needs of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Brown was found beaten outside of an off-campus party on Sept. 16. He died of injuries on Sept. 22.
Two former McPherson College football players, Alton Franklin, 19, Dallas, and Dequinte Flournoy, 19, Dallas, are charged with aiding and abetting the second degree murder in Brown’s death.
A preliminary hearing in the case are set for 11 a.m. Oct. 29.
The presidents of both colleges support the decision and believe that it is in the best interests for everyone, a news release said.
Tabor College President Jules Glanzer and McPherson College President Michael Schneider made a joint comment on the decision.
"The focus of both the McPherson College and Tabor College communities must be on our students right now," they said. "We are committed to support each other, to pray for each other and to unite our students in peace. We are planning a series of events in the coming year between Tabor and McPherson to continue developing the harmony between our communities. We will continue to find opportunities for our campus families to heal together following this tragedy."
Tabor College Communications Director Beth Riffel added the college was hoping to start moving toward some semblance of normalcy.
“We’re interested in doing what’s best for our campuses and for our students jointly so we can get beyond this incident,” Riffel said.
Part of that effort will include bringing together students of both colleges in an effort to heal, Riffel said.
“Those plans are still unfolding,” she said. “We’re not sure what they’ll look like, but there are plans going forth into the winter and through the spring.”
Phone calls to the McPherson College and Tabor College football coaches had not been returned as of presstime.
McPherson College’s homecoming was set for Oct. 20. The college has not yet announced alternative plans to celebrate the school’s homecoming.