Hot on a five-year losing streak, Columbia wants to bail on the annual Liberty Cup football game against Fordham — because it’s bad for their record.
The game — which is played every September and honors the emergency responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks — will be held later this year, but not in 2016, Capital New York reported this week.
Rick Taylor, a consultant Columbia hired in an effort to improve its pathetic football squad, said the memorial game just wasn’t doing the Lions any favors.
“I recommended dropping the Fordham game,” Taylor said, Capital reported. “Columbia can play Fordham. I’m not ducking Fordham. But they should not play Fordham when Fordham has three games and scholarships under their belt.”
“I’d take Fordham on anytime in the middle of the season when I got games under my belt,” he added.
When approached for comment Wednesday night, a Fordham Athletics spokesman was not aware of Columbia’s plans.
The Liberty Cup trophy was established in 2002 after the 2001 game between Fordham and Columbia was canceled in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
At least 43 Columbia alumni and 35 Fordham alumni died in the World Trade Center, according to Fordham officials.