KSU to present football plan to Board of Regents

Kennesaw State will present its financial plan for football to the State Board of Regents on Tuesday in the last step needed before the Owls can start the program.

If the Regents approve a $100 per-semester increase in student fees, Kennesaw State will make official at a pep rally on campus Wednesday what was first discussed in 2010 when the students approved the fee increase: a football team.

That rally, which will be held at the Convocation Center, may include the unveiling of a major donation, according to a person familiar with the Owls’ plan, but who wished to remain anonymous because the Regents haven’t given the green light.

The Owls hope to begin play as early as 2015. The person with knowledge of the plan said that if the Regents approve, athletic director Vaughn Williams will begin the search for a coach, whom he hopes to have hired by Signing Day in February. He also must begin the search for a conference on the FCS level, previously known as Division I-AA. The Atlantic Sun, the Owls’ home in all sports, doesn’t have football.

The team will play at the KSU Stadium, which seats slightly more than 8,000. The soccer stadium likely won’t be expanded, but there will be a renovation to the suites on the West side of the stadium. The stadium was constructed with the addition of football as a possibility, so there’s not a lot of work that needs to be done to make the stadium football-ready.

The team will likely practice in a field adjacent to the stadium, which is on the east side of I-75. Most of the campus is on the west side.

The increase in student fees will bring the total earmarked to athletics to $251 per semester. Multiplied by the university enrollment of more than 24,000, the increase is expected to cover the projected $3.5 million in annual operating costs for the football team. The fee will go into effect for the Fall semester later this year.

The university announced in Sept. 2010 that, after a committee chaired by former Georgia coach Vince Dooley spent 10 months examining the possibility, it was going to move ahead with adding football and hoped to field the first team by 2014. However, they weren’t able to get on the Nov. 2012 agenda, which has likely pushed back the program’s first season to 2015, at the earliest.

Doug Roberson, AJC staff

94 comments Add your comment

blazerdawg

January 3rd, 2013
9:42 am

Go Owls! Hope to see you on Valdosta State’s schedule in the near future.

Buckhead Benny

January 3rd, 2013
9:48 am

Blazerdawg- They are going directly to 1-AA Herb Reinhard and the losers at VSU don’t have the gonads to go 1-AA- They enjoy beating up on the Quachita Baptists and wonder why they have 3k fans show up for home games and can’t understand why in the world would students and alumni not want to watch such a game at Valdosta High School-

Just makes you wonder when you see Mercer now, Ga. State, Shorter, Kennesaw State, Reinhardt College start football teams from scratch and build stadiums from scratch makes you wonder how in the world in AD like Herb Reinhard keeps his job at VSU-

Last I checked having good facilities for your football team should be a requirement for an AD to keep his job, fyi.

ben t

January 3rd, 2013
9:48 am

Let’s go Owls!!!!

JK

January 3rd, 2013
9:49 am

College football in Marietta, I’m game. Bring it on!

Cobb Owl

January 3rd, 2013
10:23 am

Bad news for Valdosta St., as well as Georgia St., Georgia Southern, West GA, etc. A school growing as fast as KSU will be a football powerhouse in no time. Go Owls!

Coach D

January 3rd, 2013
10:35 am

mad~catfish

January 3rd, 2013
10:37 am

why go to 1-aa with all the teams bouncing around why not go to 1-a like the sunbelt with middle-tennessee and others jumping to the big east to try and save it there is alot of room. ksu has the student body and the campus size. i mean they have more students than tech…smh i dont get it if your jumping in the game go all in.

blazerdawg

January 3rd, 2013
10:53 am

BB- agree with you about the VSU AD. Penny wise and pound foolish.

If Valdosta State does not go FCS in the future I hope they will at least schedule up with a couple of FCS teams. I have heard the argument that it hurts with regional rankings come playoff time if you lose- but they could win, and VSU has won three Natl Championships in the last eight years, so I believe that their rep should keep them high in the polls even if the Blazers lose to an FCS/FBS team.

Sure was fun and interesting when the Blazers were scheduling (and winning against) Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, GA Southern, UTEP, Troy, etc.

Need a stadium on Baytree or a reno to Cleveland Field in the worst way.

Anyway, would love to see Kennesaw State jump in and hope to go to a game in Cobb one day.

Georgia Regents is next – and they will certainly go D1.

VSU Alumnus

January 3rd, 2013
11:00 am

This sounds like the Georgia State board of two years ago. Please KSU don’t go that route and by that I mean trashing others before you ever take the field. Building a program takes time and a certain amount of luck. VSU was roughly a .500 team for 15 years until we got Hal Mumme and a short QB named Chris Hatcher. Georgia Southern got lucky early with the hiring of Erk Russell. But please stop the trash talk. We are too busy shining our most recent national championship trophy we won LAST MONTH. Good luck to you and go Owls and Blazers !

Eagle Nation

January 3rd, 2013
11:36 am

Owl – Hope y’all fair better than Georgia State. It would be nice to have an in-state rival. The Panthers won’t have a football team in 5 years. I know y’all folks up there in the Yankee outpost of the south have high regard for KSU and its growth potential, but what you probably don’t know is that Georgia Southern is growing quite rapidly as well – not to mention we have tradition, legitimate football facilities, a beautiful campus, and oh yeah…6 National Championships! Best of luck KSU! GO EAGLES!!!

Heisenberg

January 3rd, 2013
11:36 am

Word on the street is the Big East is looking to replace a few teams defecting to other conferences. lol

crash001

January 3rd, 2013
11:47 am

blazerdawg – be honest when you write….I am an Alumni of Troy and we haven’t played Valdosta State since my playing days in the 80’s, when Troy was DII in the GSC and you didn’t win then. Troy won 2 DII championships under Chan Gailey & Rick Rhodes. Valdosta State has waited too long not to move up therefore, continuing during what you do because Troy football program has moved on and has interest in scheduling the elite programs NOT Valdosta State.

Delbert D.

January 3rd, 2013
11:48 am

Good news; I hope the regents approve the plan.

Sanjeev

January 3rd, 2013
11:59 am

The regents will pass this fee, all that the politicking is done behind closed doors. Also can’t wait for KSU to stomp on Georgia State if they’re not too scared to play them. It would be a wise move to move to the SoCon. Easy driving distance for a majority of the schools for the fans of both teams.

mad~catfish – with a $3.5M budget no way they can compete at the FBS level. not to mention every single move so far with conference realignment has to do with media market. Where does Marietta rank? Charlotte doesn’t even have a team yet but got a FBS invite because of the media market. State’s record speaks for itself and they got picked too.

TheEagleWay

January 3rd, 2013
11:59 am

Best of luck to the Owls!

Veteran Fan

January 3rd, 2013
12:05 pm

This new AD at KSU seems way over his head when it comes to football. He has moved with glacier like slowness to implement this program! He has lost much of the excitement and enthusiasm generated by Coach Dooley’s committee! 2015 are you kidding me! The reccomendation and study was concluded in 2010 and it will take 5 years to put a team on the field! While they are looking for a coach, they might want to reopen a search for an AD as we have seen what a disaster the basketball program has become! Good luck KSU, you are going to need it!

potato

January 3rd, 2013
12:10 pm

Georgia Southern has an in-state rival. They’re called Savannah State. KSU’s rival is SPSU.

blazerdawg

January 3rd, 2013
12:21 pm

crash001 – reading comprehension must not be a part of the instruction at Troy. My post stated that it was fun and interesting when we played Troy, among others. I never stated any date or classification.

And for the record, Valdosta State has beaten Troy – in 1988, 1989, and 1990 in fact. All time the Blazers are 4-7 against you, so I understand why you would not want to schedule ol Dosta.

Apologies to the Kennesaw State folks for digressing on your board – go Owls! Hope you get a great coach. (consider Chris Hatcher)

Call It Like It Is

January 3rd, 2013
12:26 pm

Love it, the owls don’t even have a team yet and people are already talking smack! Southern Football it’s not life or death…….its more important than that.

Big Donnie

January 3rd, 2013
12:29 pm

Bad news for Ga Southern? JIGGA PLEASE!

crash001

January 3rd, 2013
12:30 pm

blazerdawg – good come back….I wanted to make sure you understand we have no interest unless you move up. Valdosta may have won 88 – 90 but you still have a losing record against the Trojans of Troy. OWLS good luck on your football program.

blazerdawg

January 3rd, 2013
12:34 pm

crash001 – I agree, if I were Troy I would not schedule a DII team either – part of the frustration some of us Dosta folks have with our own AD. Indeed Troy owns us, but that is why we would love to get another shot at y’all some day – those were good games with big gates. Good luck to the Trojans in the SBC next year.

will

January 3rd, 2013
12:40 pm

They should sell the naming rights to the football field and basketball arena to Hooters.

DaveDawg

January 3rd, 2013
12:43 pm

It’s a no brainer for KSU to go to the Southern Conference, and also a no brainer for the Southern Conference to admit a school from metro Atlanta. Georgia State going to the CAA never made sense and it likely killed their program’s new team excitement and momentum.

ManOfTeal

January 3rd, 2013
12:44 pm

Georgia Southern has also increased its student athletic fees in order to make itself ready for the transition into NCAA Division 1 (FBS). That’s BCS real deal football folks, and the Eagles are going.

So KSU could potentially take Georgia Southern’s vacated Division 1-AA (FCS) spot in the Southern Conference if the timing works out.

GeorgiaState1913

January 3rd, 2013
12:52 pm

@DaveDawg… Georgia State was only in the CAA for one season in football as we are now members of the Sun Belt. Having said that, you are probably right about that contributing to lack of support and momentum.

@CobbOwl… LOL. Powerhouse? Grow up. KSU will be stuck in FCS forever, and they will most likely be no better than your atrocious basketball program.

Jee S. You

January 3rd, 2013
12:55 pm

Uhh…DaveMutt, Georgia State was in the CAA for years before they announced football – you are right that it never made sense (just like FCS football was never going to work in downtown Atlanta), but going to the CAA had nothing to do with football.
Other than that, it is nice to see that the GaSots are still reeling from the idea that they will soon be an afterthought in their own state. (And ManOfTeal – FBS does not equal BCS. GaSo will be lucky to get an invite to the crap Sun Belt conference that Georgia State got invited to after two years of play).

Come on guys

January 3rd, 2013
12:56 pm

@ManOfTeal IF GA Southern moves up, it will be to the FBS, no a BCS AQ conference. Still have to get that invite first.

Best of luck to Kennesaw and hope you guys get the program started off right with a good coaching hire. Don’t count out what is happening down in Macon either. Mercer is building their program the right way and will see success quickly.

Also, http://www.gsu.edu.

Woody Paige

January 3rd, 2013
1:01 pm

Don’t worry. As long as KSU keeps an AD that is driving the department into debt faster than the politician in Washington are doing it to the country, the Owls won’t be flying anywhere anytime soon.

Woody Paige

January 3rd, 2013
1:03 pm

Doug, any word on if Vince Dooley is out in Arizona for the big game tonight?

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1345089824?bctid=609841851001

crash001

January 3rd, 2013
1:04 pm

blazerdawg – Yeah those were good games and I wished Valdosta and Georgia Southern both would move up. There is not a rationale for them not to, Valdosta State should atleast move to FCS. I see Jacksonville State is planning to move to FBS.

Oxwinkle

January 3rd, 2013
1:05 pm

An educational powerhouse and soon to be football powerhouse should be in the SEC, ACC or Big 10!

New KSU student

January 3rd, 2013
1:05 pm

Please host GSU panthers and kick their behinds!! Go Owls!!!

ManOfTeal

January 3rd, 2013
1:10 pm

@Jee S. You and Come on guys

Georgia Southern seems to prefer the Sun Belt conference from what I understand. It’s still Division 1, I’ll take it. Plus with Middle Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic moving to Conference USA in 2014 that frees up two spots in the Sun Belt

Although Louisville and Rutgers are leaving the Big East so, who knows?

It’s not a question of “if” Georgia Southern will get an invite, it’s a question of “when.”

Dawgfan

January 3rd, 2013
1:11 pm

KSU can’t make the jump straight to FBS because there are too many requirements that would be a major hurt on their finances. They would need a larger stadium as well as have to offer more scholarships if they were to compete in the FBS which due to Title IX would mean having to offer more sports opportunities & scholarships for female athletes.

Tommy

January 3rd, 2013
1:12 pm

Why are students allowed to vote on increases in fees? Most of this is paid by parents. If the parents were allowed to vote, you would probably have different results.

BrianSC

January 3rd, 2013
1:13 pm

They should go to the Big South Conference. New, but growing tradition in football. Very solid in all other major sports.

KSUAlum

January 3rd, 2013
1:15 pm

@GeorgiaState1913:

Our ‘atrocious’ basketball program is still the only men’s basketball program in the state with a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

Hootie Hoot

January 3rd, 2013
1:15 pm

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kevrock

January 3rd, 2013
1:17 pm

former eagle from 80’s here- yes there is a rationale for not moving up. That is if they move up they will never compete for national championship. If they stay put they will always compete for national championship!

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KSU

January 3rd, 2013
1:22 pm

I cannot wait to pound Georgia State, that sad excuse for a football program. WE RUN THE ATL!

Really???

January 3rd, 2013
1:22 pm

Wow, seems like there’s some jealousy around VSU’s recent NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP on this board…

Before you go bashing VSU, consider that it’s been the starting point for some of the nation’s best coaches (Hal Mumme, Mike Leach, Kirby Smart, Will Muschamp, Dana Holgorsen, among others). Maybe KSU should shop some current coaches at this highly successful school!

Just a thought…

I played football at VSU from 1995-1997, and played with 6 future NFL players…there’s definitely no lack of talent in Valdosta! I ended up transferring to and graduating from KSU, so GO BLAZERS and OWLS!!!

james

January 3rd, 2013
1:24 pm

I feel for the students having to pay for a Football Team
with the $250 a semister fee. Its a bunch of crap that all of
these schools do this including UGA which makes millions…
Most D-1 schools are losing money and I don’t how small
schools can afford to have teams and stay out of debt?

Like Ga. State- Kennesaw will draw very few after the first
couple of years…. Just saying….

ManOfTeal

January 3rd, 2013
1:26 pm

@kevrock

As a former Eagle myself, having graduated in 2000, I would rather see them play in a nationally televised Division 1 (FBS) conference game than a Division I-AA (FCS) conference where they are lucky if any of their games are picked up on public broadcast cable channel during the season.

VoiceOfReason

January 3rd, 2013
1:26 pm

5150 UOAD

January 3rd, 2013
1:29 pm

$251 per student per semester is a JOKE. Please keep buying those Lotto tickets to pay for KSU to have football through HOPE money.
What a WASTE of money when Education is the purpose of COLLEGE.

KSUAlum

January 3rd, 2013
1:31 pm

@james:

I don’t know, KSU has an opportunity to build the program in I-AA and I think the plan is to stay there for a good long time. We also have our own football facilities here; it may only seat like 8500 but it’s OURS, as opposed to having to try to draw crowds to the Georgia Dome for games. As well, our stadium is mere minutes from campus, and in a nice area. I think we’ll draw a decent crowd and be able to build on that. I prefer we take a Georgia Southern route and try to be competitive at I-AA for at least the first 20+ years of the program.

Paddy

January 3rd, 2013
1:31 pm

Mad-Catfish………Their stadium is way to small to even begin the process of paperwork to go Div1. If you don’t have the ability to draw 15,000 to 20,000 you can’t qualify.

kevrock

January 3rd, 2013
1:33 pm

manofteal,
I hear you but if we had been in 1-A when I played I would not have my two rings 85 and 86 just for the sake for playing on TV. Plus even if and when we are in FBS it would never be nationally it would be regional.Moreover they were on TV regionally this past year when we played GA. The only benefit is more money