Update 3/9/2014) Since this story appeared on WREG-TV and wreg.com, the baseball team has received enough donations to finish their at home season and is closing in on being able to play the rest of their away games!
(Memphis) The closing of Victory University has left the college careers of many students up in the air, faculty and staff jobs without jobs and athletes wondering what will happen.
“He said, basically, ‘guys as of this morning our season is over’,” Jordan Roper explained.
Victory University is facing defeat and closing its doors at the end of the school year.
“I wasn’t, you know, none of us were prepared for that,” Roper said.
Teammates and other students first heard the news on WREG, but their coach, John Jarnagin, made it a reality.
“When he said it, I lost it,” Reed Davis said. “I’m sure everybody else did too, We’re all, it’s a terrible time for us.”
The schools found itself in a financial hole and told WREG on Thursday that no new money coming in means no more classes.
“Man, last season I came to Christ,” Benito Machado said.
He also plays on the baseball team and said it’s where he found the man who helped turn his life around.
“A lot of coaches wanted to win and they put a lot of emphasis on winning, but he was more on character,” Machado explained.
“Out of all the years I coached, it’s been the greatest I’ve ever had,” Coach Jarnagin said. “Victory gave me the opportunity to be here and to do all of the things I’ve ever dreamed of.”
Despite standing in the face of adversity, Coach Jarnigan believes the guys, the ‘people’ on his team will continue to soar.
“I don’t know what I’ll do next year. I’ll figure out something. We’ll be okay,” Davis ended.
The Victory University Eagles are playing their last game on Sunday and want everyone to show up for support.
The team is hoping to finish out their season and said they need your help to make that dream a reality.
If you would like to donate, mail a check to:
Victory University at 255 N Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
Attn: Victory Baseball.