JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 22, 2006) - Citing the report he received from the Football Task Force earlier this week, ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. announced Friday that he is prepared to proceed with plans to return football to the university by the fall 2010 season.
"The ball's just been kicked to us and we've got 99 yards to go, but I'm going to be there with you all the way," said Stanton, who established the Football Task Force in June. "I'm 100 percent committed and believe we can get this done. Our students have indicated they want it and are willing to support a student fee to help fund it. But we will also need a stadium that could cost anywhere from $10 to $15 million, and that will rely on community and fan support. I believe we can get it done, and nothing would suit me more than to throw out that first football in 2010."
The football program at ETSU was disbanded after the 2003 season. At the time,
"We are just doing better now than we were three years ago,"
Members of the Football Task Force are:
Dr. Wilsie S. Bishop, ETSU VP for Administration and Chief Operating Officer
C.M. Boggs, Accounts Manager,
Jeff Byrd, President,
Dr. David D. Collins, ETSU VP for Business and Finance
Tim P. Jones, Chairman of the Board, ETSU Foundation
Dr. Fred Mackara, President, ETSU Faculty Senate
Dr. Richard A. Manahan, ETSU VP for University Advancement
Dave Mullins, ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Dr. Roy S. Nicks, Chancellor Emeritus of the
Jerry Robertson, retired ETSU Athletic Trainer
Josh Shearin, President, ETSU Student Government Association
Dr. Phil Roe, Vice Mayor, Johnson City Commission, and OB-GYN physician
Ken Bates, President of the ETSU Pirate Club