JPSchmack,PF9,and Playa4life,thanks for the posts.
Article out of NO with story about UNO club football and the possibility that it "could" be upgraded to varsity level sometime in the future.Article indicates that the Wick Cary Estate money is apparently earmarked for capital improvements and endowments.Link at http://www.nola.com/uno/index.ssf/2009/ ... m_gro.html
One of my buddies is on the club team. The money they're reportedly getting is no where near one-year operating costs, let alone startup costs.
The biggest issue they face is venue. he only possible place to play is Tad Gormley Stadium, which is so horrible as a football venue that I cannot even begin to describe it. The field has craters, and dirt spray painted green. Reggie Bush paid to resurface it, but someone gave him bad advice and they put in a kind of grass which doesn't really grow there. They play high school games there and pop warner and it's over used and full of bad spots.
The stadium was originally built at the tail end of the Great Depression. There's reports of its "renovation" but last season, there were people putting up plywood shelves and hooks into an empty room hours before kickoff of Tulane-Army so that there was actually a "locker room." The joke was "the only reason Army was willing to play at at Gormley was to get their players ready for life in a foxhole."