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Want football at ETSU? Here's how much it would cost

Rex Barber • Feb 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Playing intercollegiate football again at East Tennessee State University undoubtedly would be a costly proposition — one that at least some students have been wiling to open their wallets to help fund.

The university's Student Government Association approved a resolution last week supporting new President Brian Noland's efforts to begin football program. This resolution included an extra $125 fee per semester per student.

Raising about $3.7 million over two semesters, the new fee — if approved by the state — would fund a huge chunk of the program's projected operating costs. Ticket sales, gifts, sponsorships, advertising and other measures would have to fill the gaps.

Coaches’ salaries, scholarships, travel, recruiting, equipment, administration and Title IX compliance would be included.

So just how much would it cost to bring football back to ETSU? The estimates are in Sunday's Johnson City Press.

Assistant News Editor Rex Barber spoke with Interim Athletic Director Richard Sander for projections. Barber also researched what other schools are spending on football and examined costs associated with starting football, including figures for building a new stadium and buying start-up equipment.

You'll find the numbers in Sunday's edition, available at a newsstand or through subscription.

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