CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The decision on whether football has a future at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now rests with University leaders who have additional study ahead of them.
The anticipated report on the feasibility of adding football to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s intercollegiate athletics program was delivered recently to campus officials by Indianapolis-based NACDA Consulting. The report outlines the physical and financial requirements and expectations for having an intercollegiate football program.
“This report does not make a final recommendation on adding football to our sports program, but provides us the data and research to help evaluate the requirements if football is to be feasible for A&M-Corpus Christi in time,” University President Flavius Killebrew said. “We have many factors to consider over the coming months regarding whether football is the best fit in coming years for the university, the students and the community.
“This university is growing, and we must take careful steps in planning how to utilize land, funds and people in becoming the premier university in South Texas,” he added. “Our greater community grows hand-in-hand with us, and what we do must be in concert with the community.”
NACDA Consulting, which focuses exclusively on the collegiate marketplace, was asked in May 2006 to undertake a study of whether it is feasible to add football to A&M-Corpus Christi’s intercollegiate athletic program. The Islanders athletic program is a member of the Southland Conference.
NACDA interviewed numerous athletic stakeholders, including university faculty and staff, students, intercollegiate athletics staff, alumni, community representatives, and members of the Southland Conference. It also analyzed the financial and infrastructure expectations of other athletic conference members that have football programs.
The report outlines factors that impact the athletics department, such as the need for additional staffing, facilities and student-athlete scholarships. Other issues, such as maintaining gender equity within the overall athletic program as prescribed by federal Title IX legislation, were also presented.
“Adding any new athletic program is a big step in the long-term development of intercollegiate athletics at a university,” said Director of Athletics Brian Teter. “Football, as a newly added sport, comes with financial and facility expectations much larger than most other programs. Although the future rewards are many, we must consider all factors that would allow for a successful launch and sustainable growth.”
The current intercollegiate athletics program at A&M-Corpus Christi has 14 sports – eight for women and six for men. The University is currently in its first full season as a new member of the Southland Conference after spending seven years building the program from an independent status.
Campus administrators plan to review the report further with campus and community representatives. No date for a final decision on football has been discussed.