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?
THE REAL DEAL