Let’s not be in too much of a rush here
Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 01:02
The typical college experience should always involve at least one football game.
The tailgate parties, the crowds of fans, and a ton of school spirit; this is what it is all about. Here at FGCU, however, is a different story. Lacking a football team, we don't have that factor to complete our experience.
The discussion of creating a team is all the buzz.
With a football team, maybe school morale will be boosted. Football is a common sport among all schools, and is a topic everyone seems to be familiar with. Students will want to attend games and cheer on their school in the same way UCF or UF does.
No longer would we be known as the school without a team. We want to build ourselves to the same level as the other elite schools, football included.
With building a team, of course there will be some complications. We need to hire coaches, build a stadium, recruit players and be prepared for some changes in operation.
Fees will be increased in order to build a stadium, and hire coaches and staff. Of course, this is where wanting a football team is halted. We only want the team if we don't have to pay the price.
As a brand new team, we also have to start from the bottom up. We will not be heading straight to UF level. There is a very high chance that any game we play in the beginning of football season, we are going to lose. This will not bring about the level of fans that are expected, so of course, any school morale will be built just like the program: slowly but surely.
Although football is one of the things that makes the college experience more lively, universities with existing, strong programs had to be ready for the changes that it brought.
We are not ready, and will not be ready for a long time.
So, building a football team sounds dandy, and I would be all for it, if it weren't for the fact that a majority of the students here won't be around when it really gets up and running.
Before we throw the old pigskin around, we better be prepared to get tackled.