The Oct. 20 football game between Tabor College and McPherson College has been canceled in light of an ongoing murder investigation following the death of Tabor player Brandon Brown.
Brown was found on Sept. 16 in McPherson, just blocks from the college campus, beaten and unconscious. Brown died Sept. 22 in Wichita from injuries sustained in the beating.
Two McPherson students and former football players, Alton Franklin and DeQuinte Flournoy, have been charged with second-degree murder. The McPherson Police Department, McPherson County Sheriff’s Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation have said the investigation continues.
KCAC commissioner Scott Crawford announced the decision Thursday.
“It was a mutual decision between the two presidents of the schools and myself,” Crawford said.
Tabor president Jules Glanzer and McPherson president Michael Schneider issued a joint statement.
"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."
McPherson is 3-1 in KCAC play and Tabor is 2-1. Crawford said that if the game were to affect the outcome of the league title, there are tiebreakers in place that could be used to determine a league champion. As long as the KCAC champion is ranked in the Top 20 in the final NAIA rankings, the league earns an automatic bid to the NAIA playoffs.