UT Board of Regents Votes In Favor Of Adding Football To UTPB 12/12/13
December 12, 2013
Odessa - A new college football team is one step closer to representing the Permian basin tonight. The University of Texas Board of regents in Austin met with U-T Permian Basin officials Thursday morning and approved the school to establish a Division two Football program.
The approval by the board is only one step to bringing another football team to West Texas. UTPB will also have to raise nine point five million dollars in private donations by the end of 2014, and repurpose a student fee that must be approved by the students and Board of Regents.
Bringing football to the university will help the college fulfill their 10-year strategic plan. They hope to increase enrollment beyond 8,000 students by 2020 and they believe the football program will attract students who seek a more complete university experience. However for those athletes already on campus, they are concerned about funding for their own sport.
“I think it’ll be okay, but it’s going to take a lot away from the other sports that don’t get as much money, and the funding is going to go down for everybody else,” said one UTPB cross country athlete.
The repurposed student fee will be voted on this coming spring, and officials say students will not have to pay any additional athletic fees during the implementation of the football program.
CBS 7 News
December 12, 2013
ODESSA, TX – Football is another step closer to becoming a reality at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. University President Dr. David Watts and the school’s athletic director are in Austin at a U.T. Board of Regents meeting where the U.T. Board of Regents have given the green light for UTPB to move forward with establishing a Division II Football program.
Steve Aicinena, UTPB’s Athletic Director confirms that the measure passed this morning. The University must now raise $9.5 million by the end of 2014 to cover the cost of starting the program and maintaining it for five years. Also, students at UTPB must vote to repurpose a student fee toward athletics sometime next spring.
ECISD has already approved that Falcon Football would play at Ratliff Stadium.
UTPB scored a touchdown Thursday morning in Austin, gaining approval to start a football program from the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
The regents signed off unanimously on UTPB’s business proposal for implementing and funding an NCAA Division II football program through private and commercial donations, repurposing an existing student fee and increased enrollment as a result of participating in football.
UTPB is the only public university in the western part of Texas that does not offer the popular sport and officials hope adding it will improve the school’s regional profile and boost its enrollment from roughly 5,000 students to 8,000 by 2020.
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