KSU going back in front of Board of Regents to campaign for football
by Eli Boorstein
eboorstein@mdjonline.com
February 11, 2013 05:28 PM | 4372 views | 8 8 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four-and-a-half weeks after the consideration of a $100 student athletic fee increase was tabled, Kennesaw State will be going back in front of the Board of Regents.

Needing the University System of Georgia’s approval to institute the additional fee, and set into motion the introduction of new sports to campus — most notably, football — KSU administrators will meet with the board’s finance and business operations committee Wednesday at its headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

Wednesday’s meeting comes after the expected approval of the fee was postponed during the board’s last meeting on Jan. 8. At the time, Chancellor Hank Huckaby said he wanted to set up a task force to better consider fee proposals before offering his approval.

“The board feels very strongly about this, and we do as a staff, that we need to chart out how we are going to move forward in the future with the expansion and increase in athletics,” Huckaby said in January.

The postponement was a surprise even to KSU officials, with the athletic department even going as far as to plan a news conference inside the KSU Convocation Center to announce the introduction of football, and a potential donor to the program.

Now, the university will stand in front of the Board of Regents for its second attempt at having the $100-per-student fee increase — to $252 overall — approved, which would aid the start-up costs of introducing football and corresponding women’s programs — cheerleading, crew, sand volleyball and equestrian have been mentioned — to balance out Title IX requirements.

According to an agenda of Wednesday’s meeting printed on the Board of Regents’ website, the university “is seeking early approval of the fee request to enable the university to begin its national search for a head football coach and staff as soon as possible.”

Requests having to do with fees are typically heard during the Board of Regents’ April meetings.

“We are excited that the Board of Regents is allowing Kennesaw State University the opportunity to be on the agenda for a vote,” athletic director Vaughn Williams said Monday in a statement to the Journal.

KSU president Dan Papp submitted to the Board of Regents that a football team would “bring positive national recognition to the university, enhance student retention, progression and graduation and create a sense of pride and connection among students, alumni, and the community at large.”

Support for a football program at Kennesaw State reached its peak in the fall of 2010, when an exploratory committee — chaired by former Georgia coaching great Vince Dooley — issued a report that showed overwhelming support for the sport.

Barring further complications with the Board of Regents, officials are aiming for the KSU football team’s first kickoff in two years. Once a coach is hired, and a staff is built, the team would sign its first class of players next February and spend the fall of 2014 preparing for the first game in 2015.

The football team would play at the 8,300-seat KSU Stadium, which currently serves as the home field for the university’s women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse program.
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KSU student
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February 12, 2013
Not every college needs a football team. With college tuition rising at an incredible rate the past few years, students are taking out more student loads just to pay for an education. Do we really want them to be paying an additional 8% on the increase for athletic fees. kSU still contains a large commuter population. Who want to GE the education paid for and the already $700 bill for student fees alone (recreation, athletics, etc) who wants this additional responsibility every semester. They didn't seem to state the increase is $100 additional per semester.
NO-BS
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February 12, 2013
The impression remains in this community that the KSU Athletic Department budget challenges are well known and quantitatively defined - in administrative circles on campus. That being said, a significant expansion of women's competitive athletics will be coupled with the Board of Regent's approval to proceed with Men's Football. Anyone who has had the pleasure of managing a budget at KSU knows that money doesn't grow on trees and that all appropriation requests aren't created equal - although if backed by federal law and the NCAA - some are more equal than others.
KSUAlum
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February 12, 2013
KSU is growing at a fast pace and i really hope the Board of Regents doesn't slow things down.
WhyNow?
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February 12, 2013
I have an observation about Kennesaw State athletics. This may be a coincidence or it may not.

Around the same time KSU was planning a football program and how to pay for it, the school saw the departure of quite a few high salaries.

The Athletic Director left, along with the men's basketball coach, women's basketball coach, assistant soccer coach, women's volleyball coach and coming soon the men's softball coach. All of these people had great success at Kennesaw State.

I have no problem with the money they were being paid. I think every one of them did a great job and earned every bit of their salary.

The question I have is why did the departure of all these coaches happen at the same time as the start of a football program? Were they clearing high salaries in other sports to help fund the hiring of about ten football coaches?

I'm waiting to see what happens with the men's basketball program after this season. The Owl's softball coach led his team to more wins this past weekend than the basketball team has won in the past two years.
slim065
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February 12, 2013
A lot of those coaches leaving was coincidence as far as timing. They fired the men's basketball because of issues with kids (not) going to classes and academic progress. I believe softball coach was retiring as well as the AD. Not sure about volleyball, but I did read where they got a new coach who seems to be a good name.

I think the men's basketball programs will take huge strides next year. They are playing a lot of freshmen this year and have 2 or 3 transfers who had to sit out this year that were at power conference schools.

While interesting, I do not think that those moves had anything to do with football...especially since they have to have the additional Title IX funding.
2012 Raider Fan
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February 12, 2013
Rocky Hidalgo should be the Coach at KSU. He could get the best recruits around Georgia.
OldRaider
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February 12, 2013
Rocky Hidalgo Would not like it at KSU because he cant control everything and college kids will not put up with his BS.
Raider 4 Life
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February 13, 2013
Watch you mouth trader. Rocky Hidalgo is a coaching genius. Tyren Jones would never have been able to make moves like he did unless he was under the coaching genius. I hear that Nick Saban calls Rocky when he needs advice. Don't let that Ned Beatty O face fool you. Rocky is the best candidate in Georgia.
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