Kennesaw State, the state of Georgia's third-largest university, has revealed its long-delayed football program will actually produce a FCS team that will actually take the field, ideally in 2015. Its regents approved a plan Wednesday to hike student fees in support of the new program, plus multiple Title IX additions.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a breakdown of the new program's projected financials, including sponsors and attendance.
Located just northwest of Atlanta proper, Kennesaw State is Georgia's third-largest university and a recent Division I call-up, joining the top ranks in 2006. The football team will use the school's 8,000-seat soccer stadium, which has hosted NCAA championship events and was built with potential expansion in mind.
Next steps for Owls football will be hiring a coaching staff, recruiting a 2014 class of players, establishing football facilities, revealing uniforms and such (yellow helmet being used in current promos), joining a conference (the Owls' current Atlantic Sun does not support football) and ramped-up community outreach. I've been told the Southern Conference is a potential destination, especially with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State eying a FBS leap. The AJ-C mentions the Big South and Ohio Valley as well.
Here's a timeline:
- August 2005: The school released an internal football feasibility study.
- Nov. 2007: The school surveyed students on athletic fee increases. More than 77 percent said yes.
- Dec. 1, 2009: The school released a hypothetical football budget.
- Dec. 10, 2009: The school announced it was whipping together an exploratory committee, chaired by Dooley.
- May 2010: Student and alumni support for a program was clear, but recession economics were the committee's primary concern.
- Sept.15, 2010: Dooley's committee declared itself in favor of football. Dooley said he'd stick around to help out. Regents immediately responded with concern.
- Nov. 16, 2010: Students voted on athletic fee increase, with 55 percent approval. Still needed regents approval.
- Nov. 2, 2011: New athletic director Vaughn Williams announced new athletic association. You see, when football was sorta announced, KSU lacked both an AD and an athletic association. Kinda needed those.
- 2012: Some chatter about the SoCon.
- Oct. 2012: Student committee supports $100 fee increase.
- Dec. 2012: Regents pass on making decision.
- Jan. 8, 2013: Decision day. Regents needed still more time to think about whether to increase student fees. Decision deferred.
- Feb. 13, 2013: Decision day.