Football restart goes to vote
Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013 23:01
East Tennessee State University’s Student Government Association will vote Tuesday on whether to support restarting the football program.
Student Government Association President Iqra Ahmad and Vice President Leah Tilson co-authored a resolution to show SGA’s support for the addition of a football program to the university’s athletic programs.
“After Leah [Tilson] got to serve on the ETSU athletics task force we learned that we could possibly bring back football,” Ahmad said. “It was an idea we both thought was important to be discussed since having a team could possibly bring school pride for the students.”
Ahmad thinks the vote will have a great impact on the university, she said.
“If the legislation passes, the school can propose the idea of the football team to the Tennessee Board of Regents,” Ahmad said. “If it [football legislation] gets voted down, then from what my understanding is, it will not go through.”
Ahmad said it is her understanding that the university requires approval from the SGA in order to move forward with reinstating football.
The legislation calls for a $125 per semester increase in student fees to fund the program.
Sen. Jayke Hamill said he doesn’t believe football is in the practical vision of the institution.
“There are surely more effective ways to encourage student involvement on campus … than spending a gold mine to bring back a former institutional money pit,” Hamill said. “I think that we should invest further in what we already have as opposed to spreading our lacking resources even further on programs we’ve seen fail before.”
The SGA will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Culp University Center’s Forum Room.