Associated Students, Inc. President Heather Williams brought students and alumni together in the Titan Student Union Nov. 29 to discuss the obstacles that stand in the way of a Titan football program.
The group of football enthusiasts came together in the first of what looks to be many meetings that will focus on solving the problems that are preventing the reinstatement of this popular college sport.
One of the many issues holding back the Titan football program is the lack of funding for the creation of a team. In order to resurrect a football program, volunteers need to raise over $2 million to fund a division 1AA team.
There are some people who wish the team to return to the school at a division 1A level. But without a large donation to assist the school in meeting NCAA regulations, such as a stadium that can fit at least 15,000 people, some believe it to be unrealistic for the team to return above a 1AA level.
"If I had to predict the future, its not going to come back at a Division 1A level," said CSUF alumnus and former football player David Lamm. "I think the potential to get to a 1A program is there. In all honesty, this is going to be more of a crawl before you can walk, before you can run situation."
Along with the multiple issues with budgeting and NCAA regulations, CSUF would also have to find a way to meet standards set by the Title IX Education Amendment. The amendment states that all the athletic opportunities offered by a university must proportionally reflect the population of the student body.
If the school was to reinstate the football program, it would also have to add a proportional amount of athletic opportunities for females on campus.
"If we had 60 football players, we would have to add 75 new women athletes," Williams said.
The need to create an equal amount of female athletics programs is not the only requirement that needs to be met under Title IX.
"It's not just the number of athletes, but it's also the [amount of] funding," Williams said.
Even though there are many obstacles in the way of the reinstatement of a CSUF football team, both the alumni and students are optimistic about the program returning to their school.
Without a professional football team in the immediate area, Joel Thayer, a business major at CSUF, said he believes bringing a team back to the school would be great for the community.
"What it really comes down to is spirit," Thayer said. "I think the school has to step it up. [Fullerton is] already a college town, why don't we just embrace it."
If you are interested in supporting Titan football, but were unable to attend the ASI meeting, you can show your support by signing a petition in favor of the program at http://www.petitiononline.com/CSUFFB.