SFCC won't play football

Published: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 11:50 p.m.
Legal or not, officials at Santa Fe Community College don't think football would fly on its Gainesville campus.
Rushing between meetings in Tallahassee on Wednesday, SFCC President Jackson Sasser said by cellular phone, "Santa Fe Community College is focusing its limited resources on providing the best education and training for our communities. Intercollegiate football would be a diversion from that core mission that we have been performing so well."
The college's athletic director, Jim Keites, said it was a "fun idea to kick around," but he felt there would be "major hurdles" to overcome financially.
"One of the challenges would be the startup cost and expense of football. That would be a major concern," he said. "With that done, I think it would be an exciting challenge. The major stumbling block there is expenses. You're talking about a whole different facility, coaches, equipment and scholarships and there would be gender equity issues as well."
Nevertheless, he predicted state Rep. Bob "Coach" Henriquez's new bill, which would allow -but not mandate- football in community colleges, would get some support because of the popularity of the sport.
At SFCC alone, Keites said, "We probably get asked by students and other people maybe every other week why we don't have football."

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