Winthrop trustees will not pursue a football program

The Winthrop University Board of Trustees Committee will not be pursuing a football program, following a recommendation from University President Dan Mahony per WRHI AM 1340.

According to a letter sent out to Mahony, introducing a football program would be “fiscally irresponsible.”

Per estimates, the introduction of a football program and the building of a stadium would cost the university in the range of $14-million to $16 million, while the school would receive only $2 million annually from ticket sales.

The figures clearly show why Mahony labeled the move as “fiscally irresponsible.”

While Winthrop students and the community may have enjoyed a football program, they will have to focus their energy and support on the defending Big South Conference regular season champion basketball program.

You can read Mahony’s full letter of recommendation to the board of trustees by clicking here.

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