As noted earlier, UNC Charlotte’s leader has come out and said definitively in no uncertain terms that there is little doubt there maybemightcouldbe a football program in the 49ers’ future.
All that’s needed is roughly $5 million in private gifts. By March. No problem.
Oh, did I mention Wall Street fell down a hole yesterday? But don’t worry, that’s just the banking industry.
Wait a minute … what is Charlotte known for again? Yikes!
Oh realists of little faith.
So, yes, the fall of 2008 is a terrible time for the school on the edge of town to commit to a multi-million dollar project such as college football.
But you know what?
There will be never be a good time. Money will always be tight.
If the school doesn’t act now, it will lose the grassroots momentum generated from within, from alumni and students. And I can’t see it coming back.
The discrepancy between ETSU’s focus and the rest of the collegiate athletics world hit home this summer, when the university president, Dr. Paul Stanton, finally considered making changes. The primary one: moving ETSU athletic director Dave Mullins out of his position.
Stanton reportedly said ETSU’s athletics program had to be fixed, and he wanted it done before he retired. But health problems got in the way of Stanton’s big plans, eventually bringing about his decision to step down as the school’s president on March 1, 2009.
Now, ETSU’s searching for a new president. And its athletics program still hangs in limbo.
Say it with me, “Good luck with that.”