ETSU Bringing Football back??

ETSU Bringing Football back??

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Milo

Johnson City, TN

#1 Dec 5, 2012
Nobody went to see them play before. What will be different this time around???

Will it suck as bad as basketball does??
Nobody

Kingsport, TN

#2 Dec 6, 2012
What a waste of tax dollars. End the program and then begin it again. Wow. It is easy for ETSU to do this because it is not their money. It is the taxpayer's money. Of course, if they didn't waste it on that, they would waste it on something else equally as stupid. Amazing
Kelli

Johnson City, TN

#3 Dec 6, 2012
The students voted on this about 4 years ago. They voted NOT to bring football back by a pretty wide margin. It wasn't even close.

The ones who do want it back are a smaller minority, but are barking the loudest.

I do not believe ETSU can get enough support from the local community to make football work...unless...they do things a lot differently.

ETSU has always struggled with local community support for both football and basketball as well.

There are many different reasons for this.

In my opinion, the biggest thing ETSU could do to get the local community to support their athletic programs would be to start concentrating their recruiting efforts in East TN, Southwest VA, Western NC..a lot closer to home than what they have been doing. People would come out to watch and support students they actually know. There would be a community connection. That has been lacking as ETSU tries to be like UT and these other big schools.

Would they ever change to doing things like that?? I highly doubt it.

There is a big disconnect between the general local public and the University and I don't think they see it at all.

Local Students choose ETSU because it is the most economical choice they have as they struggle to get their college education, but even so, there is an attitude of general hostility toward the University among a lot of students and locals. I'm not sure where it all stems from, but community relations is probably a big issue they need to move to the front burner before they try football again.
Ehh

Baltimore, MD

#4 Dec 6, 2012
I'm one of those students that voted against football when I was at ETSU, and if I were a student there, I would do it again. However, with that being said, I voted against it directly from a money standpoint. The team lost money for the school, and didn't add any additional value to my degree, so I voted against it.

With that being said, I have figured out a way to make the team financially neutral, and thus an option to bring it back. We simply would need to contract with either VT or UT to play them during their Homecoming games every year. The money that would be split on the TV endorsements, and ticket sales would be enough to run the football program for the rest of the year as long as ticket sales for home games were relatively high. Granted, the basketball team is really good, but still only draws small crowds so this might be hard to accomplish. So, I guess we would have to hope that the many football fans in the area would be willing to support ETSU more often than UT to make it an option without costing the tax payers or the students significantly more money.
Booker Phillips

Marion, VA

#5 Dec 6, 2012
If they'll tear down that awful dome and build a stadium where you can enjoy the fall weather and a decent view, recruit some of the local talent, and then field a competitive team that the community can get behind, I'm all for it.
Coach

Linville, NC

#6 Dec 6, 2012
What local talent? There are very few kids in this area that are capable of playing at the next level. Sure you have some local kids that go on to be on a small college team, but nobody capable of carry a program. If there were any local talent, you would see them at App State or UT. Players are few and far between.
just me

Elizabethton, TN

#7 Dec 6, 2012
Booker Phillips wrote:
If they'll tear down that awful dome and build a stadium where you can enjoy the fall weather and a decent view, recruit some of the local talent, and then field a competitive team that the community can get behind, I'm all for it.
I was so excited when I heard they may be bringing back football, but the next thing I thought of was "Where would I park?" Until the parking garage is finished and proves to be sufficient, there is little need to start a program that requires community support.
Booker Phillips

Marion, VA

#8 Dec 7, 2012
Coach wrote:
What local talent? There are very few kids in this area that are capable of playing at the next level. Sure you have some local kids that go on to be on a small college team, but nobody capable of carry a program. If there were any local talent, you would see them at App State or UT. Players are few and far between.
I don't mean recruit exclusively from this area, but throw in a few from the SW VA, Tri-Cities, and Western NC area to give the team a little local flavor. I'd rather see an above average local player give his all every game than a prima donna player from FL who thinks he is going to make it to the pros playing for the Bucs.
Britts are Winning

Jonesborough, TN

#9 Dec 7, 2012
My gosh. Apply state has it going on. They have players in the NFL. They would beat UT right now without any question.....ETSU should pick something. Perhaps a certain curriculum that is the best in the world .... Not football. They are too far behind.....

Most of the girls are fat
FootballFred

Farmville, VA

#10 Dec 12, 2012
The reason that ETSU's football team did not have support, in the past, was because they played teams nobody cared about. If they get a new football team started, they need to play SEC, ACC, Pac-12 teams, and the like, as well as Army, Navy and Air Force. Even if they were losing, people would fill up the stadium to watch those popular teams.
Lotto

Jonesborough, TN

#11 Feb 20, 2013
Coach wrote:
What local talent? There are very few kids in this area that are capable of playing at the next level. Sure you have some local kids that go on to be on a small college team, but nobody capable of carry a program. If there were any local talent, you would see them at App State or UT. Players are few and far between.
And what exactly makes you an expert on the local talent?

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