UNCP Football: Don’t Fire Up Those
Grills Just Yet
with friends, day-long tailgates at the football field before a
game and the chance to root for your team when they make it to a
big bowl game. Students at UNCP may soon be participating in these
activities if the proposal to start a football team at the school
In the 40s and
early 50s, UNCP did have a football team, but the program eventually
came to an end. Talks have started again, though, after a recommendation
Meadors and the Athletic Department. A feasibility study will
be presented to the Board
of Trustees at their Dec. 3 meeting.
would be both benefits and drawbacks to having a football team here
at UNCP. Sure, there would potentially be an increase in enrollment
and retention rate. Also, there would be the opportunity for the
day-long tailgates when the school rival comes to town, the post-game
parties and the prestige increase that football brings to a school.
Adding a team,
though, can also cause problems for current students. Currently,
there are already parking issues on campus, with it taking 30 minutes
or more for some students to find a parking place in the morning.
If enrollment rates did increase, there would be a need to build
new dorm buildings and more parking lots. Also, there is a chance
that a football stadium would need to be built.
With the large
sums of money that would need to be spent on all these things, an
increase in student fees alone wouldn't cover everything. The big
question to me is, "Where is all this money going to come from?"
Will we lose a chance to have the value of our academics increased,
lose the chance to introduce new academic programs at UNCP or lose
the chance to hire new professors?
Also, we could
end up losing something that makes UNCP unique. If enrollment rates
increase too much, we could potentially lose the personal touch
that we currently have here at the school. That was one of the largest
reasons I chose to attend UNCP - I didn't want to be part of gigantic
So before you
rush out to stock up on tailgating necessities, remember that a
football team would also have drawbacks. If another survey is presented
to the students and you feel that the drawbacks would be acceptable,
show your support for the team. Just be sure that you've thought
about all the circumstances surrounding this decision.