UTC Should Just Drop Football

Friday, July 5, 2019

Randy Smith correctly notes that attendance at UTC football games has been poor since ... forever. However, he fails to consider another, more obvious solution: UTC should just drop football.

I'm a UTC professor, and some years back I served on a campus committee that investigated the possibility of discontinuing football. At that time, we concluded that the university could save approximately $1 million per year if the football team were eliminated. Given the increases in the costs of scholarships, housing, facilities, and coaching salaries over time, the savings would likely be considerably greater now. 

Besides the monetary savings, another benefit would be that UTC could add another men's sport(s) - for example, varsity baseball. Due to the large number of scholarships (63) allocated to football vs. gender equity guidelines under Title IX, it is essentially impossible for UTC to add baseball (or any other varsity sport for men) as long as the football program exists.

I don't know about Randy, but I would be much more excited about attending UTC baseball games than Mocs football games, in any conference.

Joe Dumas
Signal Mountain


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