By Shaquille Coleman
UW-Superior has been without a football program since it was cut in 1992 due to the lack of player interest and funding for the program. The program had a strong football tradition and culture that lasted from 1897 to 1992.
Many current students would like to see a football program back at UWS, and they remain hopeful that their wishes could come true in the near future.
“I think it would be cool if they bought the football team back to UWS,” said senior Deontae Burse. “I think it would bring more kids into UWS if we had a football team. It would for sure bring more in for the team and it would give a bigger fan base for school sports.”
Freshman Marques Jones Jr. said he thinks a football program would benefit the school, "because football teams usually bring in the most fans. So, I think more school spirit would benefit and we could have a legit homecoming here at UWS.”
The biggest issue with starting up the football program up again is the funding. The school would need a new field, which can be a multi-million-dollar project. And the school would also need funding for helmets and all the equipment necessary for the sport, the money to pay for coaches, and other facilities, such as locker rooms for the players.
All this makes it tough for a football program to fit the UWS budget.
“I did my research," said junior Chibuzo Osuchukwu, "and it would take between 20 and 30 million dollars to fund a football team here at UWS.”