UE’s trustees last weekend met to discuss, among other things, a report assembled by an independent firm and university team about pros and cons of restarting the school’s football program.
The final answer: No. Not right now, at least.
The basics from UE president Tom Kazee: “One of the things I think the board considered as well was if we were to go down that road, we’d want to make sure we do so with a chance at real success. By success I don’t mean winning championships and that sort of thing. I mean having a program of quality for student-athletes and one that could compete. We felt our ability to get to that point and the resources it would require were in variance with the other priorities on our plate right now.”
And, from athletic director John Stanley what could be next for the Aces with football off the board: “There is a definite possibility that we’d contemplate our sport mix overall. We want to be a guardian for the current sports we have right now, because they’ve all been impactful in a positive way to the student-athletes as well as the overall athletic program. We’re comfortable with the sports we have. Could we do something to enhance those sports somehow to add value to the university? We would always be open to discussions on that, and that would be part of the overall strategic plan.”