Tuesday, March 20, 2007

95 years of waiting

Today's announcement by the College of St. Scholastica ("CSS" - www.css.edu) that they have hired Greg Carlson as their first football coach in the school's 95 year history is simply exciting!!

Coach Carlson comes to CSS from the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League but he has also coached at -- Wabash College, Ball State, Illinois, and Evansville -- so he has worked in a range of football cultures. I want to wish Coach Carlson and CSS well as they make plans to field their first football team for the 2008 season not only because I love football but because it will add an important dimension to student life on the CSS campus. CSS will become a member of the NCAA's Division III and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

One challenge CSS must overcome yet is their need to secure a football stadium to play on. The two sports page articles I read today did not mention what options they were considering but I hope that CSS and the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) can reach an agreement --

http://www.umdbulldogs.com/mens/football/

Not only would this get CSS's football program up and running quickly but it has the potential of driving some revenue to UMD assuming they lease their field to CSS. This leased time might be best for Sundays (or Saturday evenings) since UMD would want the field to be in top condition for the Saturday games. Since both of these schools are based in Duluth, Minnesota and because each school needs to watch their respective balance sheets this could be an ideal partnership -- between a Catholic Benedictine school and a state university - to expand the sport of football.

Touchdown,

Todd

1 comment:

D3football.com said...

St. Scholastica already was a member of the UMAC and Division III, actually.