Editor says UTRGV football would be big plus for the Valley

THE REAL DEAL
By JERRY DEAL
It has been questioned by Bill DeBrooke as to whether the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley really needs to get into NCAA football. I responded that he made a good point, which it is.
But, in thinking about it further and talking to some others who are a bit more learned in dealing with such an issue than I am, I now believe it is important for there to be a Vaqueros football club. I suspect if it happens, it will not be real soon. But I believe it would be something that all Valley residents could be proud of.
Of course, we have had UT Pan American and UT Brownsville sports in the past and that is just what it is, in the past. None of these, whether it be basketball, soccer of volleyball, drew much attendance. Who in the lower Rio Grande Valley cared much about college sports in the upper Valley, and vice versa?
An all valley sports program, headed up by football, could be a real plus for bringing the entire region together. Especially, if many or at least some of the players, neglected by some other colleges, came to play and be successful for the Vaqueros. Also think ahead and see some well known team playing the Vaqueros at their stadium and here on a home and home basis.
I also believe UTRGV should go into Division One. There are enough teams in the division that are not all that strong that our team could play, at least in the early years.
And, yes I stand by my message that the stadium needs to be in Harlingen or nearby. As one reader pointed out, what player or fan wants to go from one end of the valley to the other to play or watch aa valley football team?

10 comments for “Editor says UTRGV football would be big plus for the Valley

  1. erlkonig
    August 12, 2016 at 7:59 am

    High school football is rabid in the valley just like in most small Texas towns; the big cities, not so much. The support from valley communities would be tremendous especially if a UT RGV team could field many local players. A Harlingen stadium should also give the team it’s best attendance by being equal distance from Brownsville and Edinburg. Boggus Stadium could be used in the interim when a team is established until funding for a new university stadium is awarded in the next available biennium. It’s possible to see a UT RGV football team starting in the Southland Conference (13 teams) and competing against teams like Corpus Christi A & M, and SFA before moving on to a conference with bigger schools like UTSA and UTEP. The valley is larger in population and enrollment than Kingsville, Corpus Christi, Abilene, Lubbock, Lufkin, Waco, Beaumont, etc… All these have had college football for years. Lamar has the highest in revenue at $16.1 million in total revenue from athletics in the Southland Conference, UT RGV could easily beat that.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southland_Conference

    • President E. Howard
      August 12, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Corpus Christi A&M? Texas A&M-Corpus Christi does not have football? You suggest they create team, play a couple years and move right into a big conference. Have you given thought to NCAA rules and DI football classification? The number of mens DI and womens DI (Title IX) teams the football team must support? I don’t think the competitiveness of a local team even needs to be discussed. I hope those on the committee think with their brains. Some of those selected (local doctor, etc.) seem to have no knowledge or experience in college athletics or its financing. Also, lets not be ignorant. UT-Pan Am has DI football and basketball. The basketball team hasn’t been in the top 90% of teams in DI in years and the baseball team is just as bad, most wins come against the lower division teams they play.

      • erlkonig
        August 12, 2016 at 10:37 pm

        The local members/advisors of the exploratory committee as I imagine it are to provide local input as far as interests, resources, and possibly offer networking with the local business community. Mack Brown and the other experienced members of the committee are the ones to provide all the college football program knowledge as well as provide knowledge and experience with any sort of local would be boosters. UT RGV would have a student body in excess of 30,000 students and probably couldn’t join a lesser conference with smaller schools. Realistically they would probably join the same conference as the UTSAs, UTEPs, UNTs, etc… It comes down to recruiting and I am not delusional in that the Vaqueros would be solely made up of valley kids. Obviously the team would have a number of scholarships to award and would scout the rest of the state and nation. Some valley kids would hopefully make the cut too. Too many negative Nellie’s on this blog.

        • erlkonig
          August 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

          No team ever bats 1000 all the time, even the mighty Crimson Tide had losing seasons. You cannot let the fear of having a losing team dictate Wethersfield or not to field a team in the first place

        • President E. Howard
          August 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

          Just realist. I work at UTRGV and they need to get the growing pains of being a new university solved before they delve into this. You shouldn’t make decisions like this based on emotion.

  2. Bill DeBrooke
    August 12, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Ok, I will pretend that this idea makes some sense.
    The two choices that people from the valley would choose would probably be the Big 12 (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor). No real chance in this lifetime. Or, Conference USA (Houston, Rice, SMU & Texas El Paso) Maybe an outside chance but not much chance for any winning seasons.

    How about we put them in the Independent Conference with Army, Navy and Notre Dame.

    Any team that valley football fans would want to see the Vaqueros play would probably beat them soundly. Any team that the valley football fans did not care to watch would result in an empty stadium

    If there is to be a sports program at UTRGV focus on the other less costly sports programs that can funded for both men and women. There is no reason to create a Title 9 problem for the sake of an unsuccessful football program.

    • Born on F Street
      August 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Texas A&M is in the SEC. The big whatever 12-4+2(10) is gone in a few years.

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    August 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm

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    • lemeow
      August 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Do you EVER make any sense? Posts loaded with gibberish and zero context. Wow.

      • Kenneth J.Benton UI not to mention the Acropolis to be a catalyst to that grow turn down everything and every turn and can come up with I know I know that's where is people's taxes that way no one want to come here's
        August 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm

        Tried turning on your brain do you have one

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