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When will a football program be started at UNCW?

Dan Spears
StarNews

While all the major online ticket websites say you can find a ticket to a UNC-Wilmington football game through their service, you probably should keep the money in your pocket.

According to the school, it’s not happening any time soon.

UNCW athletic director Kelly Mehrtens has consistently said a football team isn’t in the school’s athletic plans. She last publicly spoke about football during a town hall meeting in September 2008 on campus, and nothing came of a November 2007 forum between students and administration about a football team.

There is, however, a Facebook group titled “I Support a UNCW Football Team!!” It has more than 1,500 members currently.

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10 Responses to “ When will a football program be started at UNCW?”

  1. On April 21, 2010 at 2:31 am bbrown wrote:

    Those that want football don’t realize the effect that Title IX would upon the entire athletic program. While football, and it’s scholorships, might be affordable as a single men’s sport, funding the half dozen or so additional women’s programs that would be mandated to balance it make it impossible.

  2. On April 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm Bigdawg wrote:

    We at UNCW need to wake up. Football is a major part of most Universities in the country. Yes it brings in a lot of money to the university, in many ways. Not just tickets sales, but also look at the increase in UNCW shirts and etc. Also look at the fan base and the huge increase in DONATIONS.

  3. On April 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm dub hockey wrote:

    while we dont have a football team. the school does have a very successful club ice hockey team. The team is going to be in its 6th year of existence (10-11 season) and for the past three seasons, has been a favorite to win the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference.

    The team plays at the Wilmington Ice House and has averaged nearly 300 fans.

    http://www.uncwhockey.com for all the info on the team!

  4. On April 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm Dan wrote:

    Football games in Morgantown, WV bring in $1.5M per home game by filling hotel rooms and restaurants. THis is a town of 30,000 residents. And yet, the Athletic dept. runs amok and causes all kinds of headaches for the university. So, football brings good and bad and you need to be prepared for both. It’s like the form Pres of WVU once said, “being a president is great. the only problem I have are docs and jocks”.

  5. On April 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm Kelly wrote:

    It is my understanding that the original land grant stipulated no football, period. This is legal if it is true but it is only hearsay. Just my two cents.

  6. On April 22, 2010 at 10:01 am Joe Small wrote:

    This is a joke, right? Who in their right mind would support this? You are talking about a basketball team that can’t win half their games and a baseball team that is no better. Maybe what this school needs to do is move down to Division III there there is a reasonable chance to compete. Leave off the jokes about adding football.

  7. On April 23, 2010 at 11:50 am pat wrote:

    What about a lacrosse team and a field hockey team at UNCW? I know they have a club team for field hockey but why dont they actually have teams.

  8. On April 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm Charlie b wrote:

    What they ought to do first is make the UNCW Rugby team a Varsity sport… it’s just a club team now…. see how that goes….

    BTW: I do support a football team.

  9. On September 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm hawk 2010 wrote:

    I don’t understand why everyone says football is impossible. I understand title 9 and its problems, but other school also have the same problem and still have football. UNCW has 13,000 students and is located in a city with a population of 100,000. App state had 14,000 students and is located in a city with a population of 30,000. There is not a football program within an hour and a half of Wilmington. It would work here.

  10. On May 15, 2011 at 8:27 am Bill wrote:

    As long as Title IX is out there being used by manhaters to destroy men’s sports, a football team at UNCW will close the door to any future male non-revenue sports.***

    Instead of football, why not start a fencing team, a rifle team, an ice hockey team, a rowing team, or a lacrosse team? You might start out by showing some support for the existing club teams. For example, can you go to the store on campus and purchase a UNCW RUGBY shirt or bumper sticker? I couldn’t last time I was there.

    The most economical choice would be to add a wrestling team. It requires the less space and equipment than most sports. It is very popular as a high school sport in NC, and a new team can become competitive much quicker than a football team ever could. Many Division I I schools are realizing the huge potential of adding wrestling teams. A DI school without the burden of a football team can enjoy these same benefits.

    Sometimes college football teams make lots of money for the college as well as the surrounding community, but football teams are NOT always financial boon. A large percentage of college football programs lose money. A new fledgling team in “ACC Country” would certainly be forced to play a lower level of football and be a money loser for a the foreseeable future. Really, how much revenue would the UNCW – Guilford College game, or the UNCW – Davidson game bring in?

    Of course, in an attempt to make a few dollars on a single game, the school could elect to exploit its athletes by volunteering to be early season sacrifical lambs against the likes of West Virginia, or Clemson, the way Coastal Carolina does every year, but discouraging 31-0, or 49-3 blowouts against 2nd and 3rd string players really do little to foster school spirit or build a fan base.

    I encourage the supporters of UNCW Football to check out how the football fares at “the other W,” Western Carolina. WCU is not a new program. Its in an established, nationally competetive football conference that has produced championship teams. Also watch how UNC Charlotte fares when it starts its new football program in a year or so. Look at those programs and ask yourself if UNCW really needs what they have.

    Instead of lamenting your lack of a football team, I encourage you to embrace the opportunity that it creates. Instead of encouraging the addition of ONE football team, encourage the addition of several Olympic sports at UNCW.

    ***(I know that was not the original intention of Title IX, but that has absoutely become the effect of it. To deny that this is true one must suspend one’s grasp on reality.)



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