This entry regarding football recruiting and in-state talent has a lot of information in it.
In the entry we said:
Again – the issue isnâ€™t the gross amount of talent in the state of North Carolina. The issue is the disproportionately large number of local programs that the local talent must support. Add to this mix the fact that UNC-Charlotte is now considering the addition of a Division One football program and you wonder if local schools will soon be starting two-hundred point linemen. (The UNC Board of Governors would do well to squash this â€˜dreamâ€™ right now!)
Right on cue the Charlotte Observer ran a series of front page articles regarding UNC-Charlotte’s potential interest in fielding a football program. You can click here for the main article that includes a list of related links.
Chancellor Dubois is reluctant to talk about the spot — or any other potential site — because he doesn’t want the UNCC community to think he is in favor of football. He also doesn’t want anyone to think he is against it.
This, he will say: At the next UNCC board of trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, he will recommend that a citizen committee study the feasibility of football. “I’m optimistic they’ll agree,” he says.
The “F” Question, as Dubois calls it, has been an on-and-off topic at the school for decades — though never more than in the past five years, as UNCC has grown and tried to shed its commuter campus image. Last year, alumni started a Web site that takes nonbinding pledges for football. Students are rallying, wearing football T-shirts at basketball games.
Big-time football, Dubois knows, is tempting. He is a former University of Wyoming president; he understands how the sport can enhance the student and alumni experience, how it connects a college to its community. Since 1990, at least 40 schools have started football programs or moved into Division I-A, the NCAA’s top level.
“It’s a transformational decision,” he says.