Number 12-12
Description The football program should be resurrected at The University of Texas at Arlington
Authored by Troy Boris
Sponsored by Sydney Bay
Varun Mallipaddi
Gabe Escobedo
Date Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2012
Date Considered Wednesday, January 1, 1000
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Student Affairs
Result n/a
Whereas UT Arlington dropped the football program in the Fall of 1985, citing financial reasons after losing money on the program from 1975-85; and
Whereas The return of the football team has been a recurring campus topic since the team was disbanded; and
Whereas Football is an aspect of college life that is currently missing from a university of almost 34,000 students, with an estimated 90,000 alumni living in the D/FW area; and
Whereas In April 2004, UT Arlington students voted by a 2-to-1 margin to increase their student athletic fees by $2 per semester-credit hour should the university reinstate football. In January 2005, President Spaniolo tabled resurrecting the football team in favor of renovating the Activities Building (The MAC) and building a special events center, both of which have now been accomplished; and
Whereas UTA has already built rivalries with UT San Antonio and Texas State, two other teams that are joining UTA in the Western Athletic Conference. Large alumni bases of other Texas schools in the D/FW area could potentially lead to non-conference games with TCU, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor; and
Whereas Increased university exposure with its move to the WAC, along with a larger share of BCS money than the university has been receiving in the Southland Conference, could almost guarantee the program would operate in the black.
Be It Further Resolved That The football program should be resurrected at The University of Texas at Arlington.