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In doing a quick GIS, I wasn't able to find a better pic for UT-Arlington's defunct football program.

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I don't know if it's a BAD thing or a GOOD thing for UTA not to have football anymore.

On the one hand, it could be good for UTA because they're now part of the FBS and they could play games in nearby Cowboys Stadium.

On the other hand... they have to compete with TCU (who pretty much owns DFW in college football right now), SMU (which is still getting better), and UNT for attention. They could easily get lost.

UT-Arlington will always feel like Arlington Commuter College, putting football back won't help that. I think it's better that they are putting money into their Baseball and Basketball programs since they actually have a chance to do well in those areas. The next step is to drop "Texas" and go with University of Arlington or Arlington University.

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In doing a quick GIS, I wasn't able to find a better pic for UT-Arlington's defunct football program.

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I don't know if it's a BAD thing or a GOOD thing for UTA not to have football anymore.

On the one hand, it could be good for UTA because they're now part of the FBS and they could play games in nearby Cowboys Stadium.

On the other hand... they have to compete with TCU (who pretty much owns DFW in college football right now), SMU (which is still getting better), and UNT for attention. They could easily get lost.

UT-Arlington will always feel like Arlington Commuter College, putting football back won't help that. I think it's better that they are putting money into their Baseball and Basketball programs since they actually have a chance to do well in those areas. The next step is to drop "Texas" and go with University of Arlington or Arlington University.

But aren't they part of the UT system, though?

Not saying that they can't drop "Texas" out of the name, but I don't usually see it. There were even talks my my school (Prairie View A&M) changing their name to Texas A&M - PV.

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Because Georgetown will park their football team in Division 3 faster than you can say Hoya Suxa.

Not sure why this is a problem... how many people even know Georgetown plays football in the first place?

UT-Arlington will always feel like Arlington Commuter College, putting football back won't help that. I think it's better that they are putting money into their Baseball and Basketball programs since they actually have a chance to do well in those areas. The next step is to drop "Texas" and go with University of Arlington or Arlington University.

But aren't they part of the UT system, though?

Not saying that they can't drop "Texas" out of the name, but I don't usually see it. There were even talks my my school (Prairie View A&M) changing their name to Texas A&M - PV.

I'm of the opinion that ALL hyphenated schools should find something else to call themselves. Not only is it confusing and dishonest for these schools to have the same name as a more visible and entrenched university, it makes the hyphenated schools seem like lesser institutions even after they develop their own programs that can rival those at the "flagship" school.

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Because Georgetown will park their football team in Division 3 faster than you can say Hoya Suxa.

Not sure why this is a problem... how many people even know Georgetown plays football in the first place?

It's a problem because of fair play. As alluded to above, Georgetown et. al. could provide Division I caliber training facilities while wreaking havoc at Division III levels in football. Considering the bulk of the NCAA's membership competes in Division III and Division II, the "slumming" major schools with football teams were going to inevitably be forced out. FWIW when that legislation passed in the early 1990s, you saw several conferences form at the Division I-AA level that had greatly reduced (or none at all) scholarships for football that the slummers promptly joined.

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Colorado Baseball...

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Unfortunately, the only Pac-12 school without baseball. That needs to change.

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In doing a quick GIS, I wasn't able to find a better pic for UT-Arlington's defunct football program.

mqdefault.jpg

I don't know if it's a BAD thing or a GOOD thing for UTA not to have football anymore.

On the one hand, it could be good for UTA because they're now part of the FBS and they could play games in nearby Cowboys Stadium.

On the other hand... they have to compete with TCU (who pretty much owns DFW in college football right now), SMU (which is still getting better), and UNT for attention. They could easily get lost.

UT-Arlington will always feel like Arlington Commuter College, putting football back won't help that. I think it's better that they are putting money into their Baseball and Basketball programs since they actually have a chance to do well in those areas. The next step is to drop "Texas" and go with University of Arlington or Arlington University.

But aren't they part of the UT system, though?

Not saying that they can't drop "Texas" out of the name, but I don't usually see it. There were even talks my my school (Prairie View A&M) changing their name to Texas A&M - PV.

They are, but the school is moving in a direction to where I feel that they are going to make a change sooner or later. Everything is now "Arlington Mavericks" and they are doing everything they can to get away from the community college feel and the perception (and rather correct perception) that the University is just a tool to get to Austin.

It's important to note that UT-Arlington was once part of the Texas A&M system. If I remember it correctly, there was a point early in the 1900's where the question of having the flagship school was raised between Arlington and Bryan. In the mid 60's, Arlington State College caught wind that College Station wanted to change the name of the University to "Texas A&M University at Arlington." That enraged the staff in North Texas, and Governor Connolly helped the legislature move a bill that would move ASC to UT control. By the 70's, ASC couldn't go back and the name switched to UT-Arlington. Had they stayed with Aggieland, nothing might have come of it since Tarleton State has opposed any movement to be called Texas A&M University at Stephenville.

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wasn't Prairie View A&M the football team that lost like 200 in a row?

-_- Yes.

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Vanderbilt men's soccer, a victim of Title IX, discontinued in 2006.

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With 2 National Championships, 10 Big 10 Titles, the first Heisman winner, the first ever NFL draft pick and and participants in the game that many credit with changing football forever (1905 vs. Michigan), I present, the University of Chicago football team (they cancelled football, then brought it back. They are low D3 now)

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Never forget that UIC announced they were dropping hockey the same day they hired Jimmy Collins as their first big-money basketball coach.

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Bradley University (Peoria, IL) had a football team through the 1970 season, but cancelled it to provide funds to other sports.

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Which made things interesting when Marcus Pollard, a Bradley alum, had a decent NFL career despite being born a little more than a year after the football program was disbanded. Pollard played basketball at Bradley in the early 90s.

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Cal State Hayward (now East Bay) Football

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Ah the Pioneers. I grew up in Hayward. I remember the rash of California schools dropping their football programs: Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, Pacific, Cal State Northridge, Saint Mary's, Cal State Hayward, Chico State and San Francisco State.

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Bradley University (Peoria, IL) had a football team through the 1970 season, but cancelled it to provide funds to other sports.

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Which made things interesting when Marcus Pollard, a Bradley alum, had a decent NFL career despite being born a little more than a year after the football program was disbanded. Pollard played basketball at Bradley in the early 90s.

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That's just like current Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris... played basketball at Milwaukee almost 40 years after we last had a varsity team. Although we've had club football for the past decade.

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Pretty odd (or maybe just showing my age) that I've seen 3 of these teams in action: Wichita State and Cal State Fullerton in football, and USIU basketball. USIU had this very entertaining little (5' 2 1/2") guy, Zach Lieberman who played for them.

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Siena College football

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Discontinued after the 2003 season. Notable player, Ron James

Head coach, Pittsburgh Power

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Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha football

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