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In June 2011, legendary football coach Lou Holtz said during a speech in Memphis,
“When you are successful in football, there is a pride among the student body that can’t be duplicated in any other way, there is an association with the alumni that binds them back to the school, there is a pride in the city and state that we are committed to excellence.”
Wise words from a legendary football coach who understands the ways of college football. So is it any wonder why eight new football programs will begin playing in the 2011 season?
The list of soon to be football schools includes UT-San Antonio, Ave Maria University, Concordia University (MI), Presentation College (SD), Robert Morris University, Siena Heights University, Stevenson University, and Virginia University of Lynchburg.
17 more programs will begin competing in football between 2012 – 2014.
Those colleges include Atlanta Christian College, Bluefield College, Finlandia University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Misericordia University, Wayland Baptist University, Florida Tech, George Fox University (OR), Hendrix College, Mercer University, UNC – Charlotte, Oklahoma Baptist University, Reinhardt University, Stetson University, University of New Orleans, and Houston Baptist University.
The reasons for bringing on a football program vary from school to school. Some of the colleges are trying to increase enrollment. Others are trying to address gender imbalance. Others are hoping that football will bring more regional attention to the school.
No matter what their reason, the fact remains that they believe football will help achieve their goals. Yet Cal State Fullerton’s football program lays dormant and has been dormant for nearly 20 years. Anyone else see a problem with that?