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Delaney asks to begin talks about possible football team

11:40 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The President of the University of North Florida wants to start a conversation with the faculty and students about bringing a football team to the school.

John Delaney, president of the UNF, asked the board of trustees for permission to begin the discussion Tuesday, according to a statement released from his office.

"I have long said that a Florida public university needs enrollment of about 25,000 students to properly support football. And most schools of that size do indeed have football. Thus football is probably inevitable for UNF at some point," Delaney said.

According to the university's website, right now there are only 16,000 students currently enrolled.

Delaney also stressed that UNF's athletic policy has always prohibited academic resources from supporting athletics, and that the university will not lower its academic admission standards.

"In short, athletics has to support itself financially and not negatively impact the school academically," he said.

Although the conversation just began, Delaney is expecting the issue to be a hotly debated topic on campus.

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