Football helps lure men to class

Kennesaw State University plans to field its first football team in 2014 and officials received…

Georgia (Nov 29, 2010) — Kennesaw State University plans to field its first football team in 2014 and officials received briefings showing that a side effect of the sport is an influx of male students, spokeswoman Arlethia Perry-Johnson said. Students voted last week to pay higher fees to support the team. "It would be a wonderful benefit," she said. "You want a balance in your student enrollment." Some Kennesaw State students already are talking about games and the opportunity to earn a walk-on spot on the team. Juniors Jake Gresham and Blake Armstrong enrolled at Kennesaw State because of convenience and cost but said they'd like a football school. They envy the school spirit sports teams engender at other colleges, such as the University of Georgia.


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