UTPB Holds Press Conference Concerning Falcon Football 12/13/12
December 13, 2013
Odessa - UTPB officials have officially announced that college football is on the horizon here in the Permian Basin. UTPB has been the only public university west of Interstate 35 that doesn’t have a football program, now that is all going to change.
“Having kids come here for that reason, and support them, I think it is exciting for all of West Texas and I’m very excited about today for sure,” said Community Advisory Committee Chairman Kirk Edwards.
The next step for the University is to raise 9.5 million dollars by the end of next year. However the school has already raised a third of that, so officials don’t believe funding in the future will be a problem.
“Once we start we are confident that we are going to be able to continue quite successfully,” said UTPB President Dr. David Watts.
As for the students and future athletes, Watts says there will be no increase in tuition and fees at UTPB to support football. The university will also gain two practice fields, a staff of full time assistant coaches and an increase to the recruiting budget. “I think this is going to be the crowning jewel in terms of athletics and in terms of what it is going to be able to do to help the institution,” said UTPB Athletic Director Steve Aicinena.
Presidents Watts says that if all goes well, college football will kick off in 2016.