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University Communications and Marketing
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Frequently asked questions about football
- What is the history of UNC Pembroke football? There was a football team
at UNCP after World War II that ceased competition after the 1951 season.
of the UNCP Athletic Hall of Fame played football, including Ned Sampson,
Delton Ray Locklear, Thomas Oxendine, Theodore Locklear, Les Locklear, Marvin
Joseph Sampson and Molon Strickland. The team was very competitive against
junior college and club teams.
- Are UNCP students in favor of adding football? A survey was administered
to more than 1,000 UNCP students in September 2004. Ninety-two percent voted “yes” to
establish a football team.
- Are there other colleges that have added football
recently? In the last two years, four North Carolina and South Carolina universities
Coastal Carolina University, Shaw University and St. Augustine’s College
added football in 2003 and North Carolina Wesleyan College added football
- How was the decision made to study football at UNCP? A study was
initiated by the UNCP Board of Trustees at the request of Chancellor Allen
and the Athletic Department. In July, the trustees voted to conduct a football
- Who will conduct the study? The University will utilize the services
of consultant George “Buddy” Sasser. He is a former college football
coach, conference commissioner and, most recently, the director of athletics
at Coastal Carolina
University before retiring in 1999.
- When will the feasibility study be completed? The goal is to have the study completed and submitted to the UNCP Board of
Trustees at their meeting
- Will a football program cause UNCP to violate any Title IX gender
equity rules? The consultant’s study will review all aspects of Title
IX compliance and make recommendations if needed. UNCP will take action steps
equity plan if needed.
- Why would UNCP add football? The lesson, learned from
other colleges and universities, is that football would give UNC Pembroke
an opportunity to
build stronger relationships
between the community and the University, improve student retention rates,
increase enrollment and improve school spirit and pride.
- How do UNCP athletic
programs compare to the other 14 UNC campuses with athletic programs? Ten
campuses of the UNC system compete in the NCAA’s Division
I. The remainder are Division II programs that play football. All UNC campuses
that compete in the NCAA’s Division II - except UNCP - have football
programs. UNCP is the only UNC campus that is neither a NCAA Division I university,
does not play football.
- Would UNCP be forced to change conferences if it added
football? UNCP is currently a member of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
All members of
are located in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina except UNCP. None of the
12 members in the PBC play football. Because the PBC does not sponsor football,
UNCP may choose to remain a member of the PBC and participate independently
NCAA Division II football competition. UNCP currently sponsors two sports,
wrestling and track that are not PBC-sponsored sports. UNCP may also examine
conference. The consultant’s feasibility study will examine conference
affiliations. There are four Division II conferences in this region that
play football. They are the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
South Atlantic Conference (SAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(SIAC), and the Gulf South Conference (GSC).
- How would UNCP fund the proposed
football program? Football would be funded by private and corporate gifts,
student athletic fees, Braves Club
- What are student athletic fees currently? Full-time UNCP students
pay $187.50 per semester for athletics. Students taking less than 12 hours
- How do UNCP’s athletic fees compare with other UNC universities? UNC Asheville at $241.50 a semester and Western Carolina University at $214
have the highest student athletic fees among UNC universities.
- When would
the student athletic fees increase for football? If UNCP decides to add football,
the new athletic fee would be in place at least two years
prior to the team playing its first game.
- What about students who pay the
fee but graduate before the first football game is played? Any student who
graduates from UNCP prior to the first football
season would be given 10 free tickets for each semester they pay the new
fee. These transferable tickets will be valid for 10 years. It is anticipated
general admission would be at least $10.
- Will UNCP reduce funding for other
sports if football is added? No. Football would be funded only from the increased
amount of athletic fees. The amount
of the current fee will continue to support UNCP’s existing sports
- Where would the team practice, dress and play home games? The consultant’s
feasibility study will examine these questions along with the costs of new
facilities. The study will also investigate the possibility of playing games
facilities in the community and the possibility of using existing resources
- Who would the football team play against? If the football team
does not join a conference, it would be classified as an NCAA Division
team would schedule as many games as possible with teams in our region.
These teams might include Davidson College, members of the CIAA, such as
State University, North Carolina Central University and Winston Salem State
University; or SAC members, such as Wingate University, Catawba College,
and Mars Hill College. If the UNCP football team joins a conference, it
would play seven or eight conference games and two or three non-conference
- Will adding football raise tuition costs? No. Athletics are not funded
by tuition charges.\
- If UNCP added football, would there be cheerleaders,
marching band, dance team and color guard? Yes. UNCP already has a dance
team, an award-winning
Cheer Squad, a Marching Band, under the direction of Tracy Wiggins,
under the direction of Linda Thomason.
- What lessons have other schools
learned after the addition of football? Every school that has added football
in the last 10 years has seen
an increase in their
retention rates, and UNCP is seeking to improve retention. A number
of schools, including Coastal Carolina, have also experienced a dramatic
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