Kennesaw State University Football Exploratory Committee Says “Yes!”
Committee headed by legendary football coach Vince Dooley gives green light for university
(Sep 15, 2010) —
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 15, 2010) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp accepted a highly positive recommendation
from legendary football coach Vince Dooley, chair of KSU’s Football Exploratory Committee
(FEC), to move forward with the university’s interest in fielding a football program.
The results of the nine-month study indicate there is solid support for a successful
football program at Georgia’s third-largest university, according to the 137-page
report, which Coach Dooley submitted to Papp along with a five-page Summary and Recommendations
document. The Committee’s positive recommendation was announced for the first time
at a press conference held today at the KSU Convocation Center.
“This is a truly historic day for Kennesaw State University,” Papp said, upon accepting
the document from the iconic football coach. “This is an important first step in assessing
support for a football program at KSU, and we all look forward to building on this
positive feedback and strong momentum that exists.
“Now that we have the Committee’s report, it’s very important for us to once again
re-evaluate the level of student support,” Papp continued. “This has been a continuing
conversation; and to that end, our next step is to talk with our student leaders and
to the student body to ascertain their continued interest in having a football program
Dooley, who retired as the University of Georgia’s athletics director in 2004 after
25 years, was UGA’s head football coach from 1964 to 1988. He led of one of the most
successful football and all-sports programs in intercollegiate athletics. He expressed
appreciation for serving on the Committee and working collaboratively with all 32
“It has been an honor to oversee the hard work and enthusiasm of the four subcommittees. They
did a very thorough job,” Dooley said. “We tackled some tough issues over the past
several months to come up with the Committee’s recommendation, which I’m particularly
glad to say represents the overwhelmingly positive opinion that the University should
move forward towards building a football program.”
The positive decision by the committee came after months of intensive study by four
subcommittees composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni, benefactors and community
Papp charged the study committee with weighing the projected costs of establishing
a football program, the funding possibilities, the broader consequences and implications
of a football program, and positive alternatives.
The four subcommittee chairs and the subcommittees that they headed included: Teddie
Parrish (Projected Costs), Rick Siegel (Funding Possibilities), Dr. Nancy King (Broader
Consequences), and Dr. Tom Keene (Positive Alternatives).
Papp acknowledged the hard work that Dooley and the entire Committee put into the
study project, starting last December.
“To use a football metaphor, I am so grateful to Coach Dooley and the other 32 members
of the Football Exploratory Committee for taking the ball and running with it,” said
Based on the FEC report, KSU student fees and additional funds from sponsors, donors
and ticket sales would be necessary to fund the estimated $5-6 million cost of the
If feedback from the student body is equally supportive as the FEC report, and the
university decides to launch a program, KSU – which completed its transition into
NCAA Division I last year – could have a football program as early as Fall 2014.
With some adjustments, a Kennesaw State University football team could play in the
state-of-the-art, $16.5 million KSU Soccer Stadium that was just completed in early
May of this year.
Papp stressed that there are challenges ahead. “Starting a football program from scratch
will not be easy, but then again nothing truly worthwhile is ever easy,” he said.
“As Coach Dooley often reminded his players, there are four quarters to every football
game. And the score that counts is the one at the end of the fourth quarter. We have
a long way to go toward achieving victory, but with today’s announcement, we are one
step closer to having football at KSU!”
Papp also reiterated that even if KSU launches football, quality academics will remain
the university’s focus. “A football program could serve that mission well, as it may
help bring increased national recognition to our institution and highlight the important
work that is being done here in teaching and research,” Papp said.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more
than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business
and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the
35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential
institution with a growing population of more than 22,300 students from 142 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.