University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

December 6, 2007
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6640

USA Trustees Approve NCAA-Sanctioned Football and Marching Band Programs

The University of South Alabama Board of Trustees today unanimously approved NCAA-sanctioned football and marching band programs at USA.

The Student Government Association and the student newspaper, The Vanguard, along with other student groups, worked this fall to gather more than 2,300 student signatures on a petition to endorse a new football program.

“This effort is really about the students and alumni, and bringing them closer to the University,” said USA President Gordon Moulton.  “We also believe this will strengthen our already close relationship with the community.”

NCAA-sanctioned football at USA also received support from the University’s alumni, the Faculty Senate, and community leaders.  The new football and band programs are expected to enhance campus life at USA, improve student and faculty/staff recruitment efforts, stimulate alumni and philanthropic support, and create closer bonds with the community. 

USA expects to play its first game in fall 2009.

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