In fall 2013 Winthrop began exploring whether football – at the scholarship or non-scholarship level – is a viable option for the university's future. Key considerations include whether a football team (and marching band) would enhance enrollment and the student life experience while still meeting the expectations of Title IX. The revenue and cost associated with adding football also need to be taken into account, as well as how a funding model might be developed.
Athletic Director Tom Hickman undertook a preliminary review of the experiences of institutions that recently have added football programs, and in some cases, marching bands. The results of Tom’s review were shared with Winthrop's Board of Trustees at their retreat on March 2, 2014, and with the campus community immediately thereafter.
In order to facilitate a broader conversation with the campus community, a town hall was held March 13th in Dina's Place at the Campus Center. Based on interest other meetings may be scheduled.
These discussions will help us determine as a community whether football is right for Winthrop's future.