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June 17, 2014

Wolves terminate season after 0-3 start

From staff reports

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Wolves have closed down operations — at least for now.

The semi-pro football team decided to terminate play last Thursday after three games in the Great Lakes Football League. The Wolves, 0-3, were scheduled to play the West Michigan Tigers in Kalamazoo on Saturday.

“This was a direct result, not of a financial nature, but of a disciplinary nature, in that we were disappointed with some player mentality that they were not required to practice in order to play,” coach Art McGuff said in an email. “This is a common theme in semi-pro football, but not one that I nor (owner) Sean Liles was willing to be a part of at this point in time.

“We both love the game and are really saddened by the drastic measure we felt had to be taken to get peoples attention. We know that we potentially damaged our reputation in the leagues around Michigan as well in our own community, but we felt so strongly that what was going on was ethically and morally wrong, we pulled the plug for the season. We also felt that a game pulled would not suffice to send the message that we meant to be sent.”

McGuff said the team plans to re-organize in hopes of playing in the league again next season.

“We are not done yet, but we must change the culture, first by sending a message of how we plan to operate in future and secondly, that we mean what we say to players,” McGuff said.

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