Just for fun, here is an excerpt from the NCAA’s official website describing one of it’s member institutions. We have edited out the school’s name and city for effect. See if you can’t guess what college the NCAA is profiling.
For years, XYZ University struggled to shed its commuter college reputation by building dorms and a student center, hoping to draw more activity to the sleepy downtown campus.
The bookstore had trouble selling T-shirts. On evenings and Saturdays, the campus was a ghost town. Homecoming – held in the spring, not the fall – was a joke among students and alumni.
Sound familiar? Could you have easily substituted XYZ University with Cal State Fullerton and have it be a spot on description to the campus life you see today? Sadly, many reading this will agree.
Unfortunately for Fullerton fans, students and alumni, this description will continue to be a reality until the Cal State Fullerton administration decides to bring back Titan Football. Fortunately for Georgia State, the above stanza USED to be a valid description of their campus. That description no longer applies. Why? Football, plain and simple.
The above quote was taken and edited slightly from this article: NCAA.com – Georgia State Campus Transformed By Football
…The blueprint for bringing back Titan Football has been laid at the feet of the CSUF administration…
In a previous post on BringBackTitanFootball.com, we told you Georgia State Provides the Blueprint to Bring Back Titan Football. This post was written back in April 2008 before Georgia State had played a down. We made the comparisons between Cal State Fullerton and Georgia State because both campus environments and student populations closely mirrored each other. But despite the warnings of “this is a great idea but in light of a poor economic environment is just bad timing”, Georgia State pushed forward to bring football on campus. Has the investment in football paid off at Georgia State? You be the judge. At Georgia State:
- Alumni association membership has nearly doubled to 3,300 in seven months.
- New student applications hit a record 12,091 for this fall.
- Donations are rolling in – $2.5 million so far just for football.
Hello? Dr. Gordon? Are you listening?
If you don’t believe the report coming from the NCAA that football has transformed Georgia State’s campus, check out this video from the Associated Press.
The blueprint for bringing back Titan Football has been laid at the feet of the CSUF administration. A feasibility report was submitted to the Athletic Department and shared with the President’s office. They have chosen to ignore it and focus on other plans and ideas saying it is too costly and too expensive considering today’s recessionary economic climate.
Cal State Fullerton can make all the excuses its wants and can choose to ignore that bringing back Titan Football would drastically change the current campus atmosphere. The real question is, “How long will fans, students and alumni have to wait before the CSUF administration wakes up and looks to the success story that is the Georgia State Football program”?