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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:23 pm 
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School: Trinity University
Location: San Antonio, TX
Designated Media Market: San Antonio (#37/210) 792K TV Households
Undergrad Enrollment: ~3k
US News and World Report: Masters (non doctoral) #1 in the West (apparently 17 years running)
Endowment: #79 nationally with 733M as of 2005. (#8 in Texas)
Current Designation: Division III (SCAC)
Proposed Destination: Division I-FBS (CUSA/SWC)
Football Stadium: currently on campus E.M. Stevens Football Stadium, but the publically owned Alamo Stadium is effectively on campus
Stadium capacity: Alamo is ~22k(http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_pictures/north_america/united_states/texas/san_antonio_alamo.shtml)
Football Attendance: 1861 per game ave. last season (great for Div III)
BBall Stadium: on campus William H. Bell Athletic Center
BBall Capacity: ? probably tiny
BBall Attendance: ~500

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At 2700 students trinity is a hair smaller than Rice University (2886). Their endowment is very sizeable compairing quite well to CUSA/regional football playing privates Tulsa (769M), Tulane (780M), TCU (941M), SMU (1.013M), Baylor (750M) and Rice (3.611M). Trinity is a top academic school that if they gave Doctorates would almost certainly be tier 1 or 2 like the other privates. Like a number of the prior listed privates, they are the top school affiliated with a denomination --- the Presbyterian Church --- and as such securing finances will likely never be a problem. Add in a nice native DMA in the San Antonio Media Market, and Trinity has a ton in common with the CUSA privates. They could actually be one of the rare upgrade which could enhance an FBS conference's BCS hopes.

No one plays FBS football in SA today. In a few years UTSA will, but San Antonio is big enough to support 2 FBS schools and UTSA will almost certainly play in the Alamodome, 7 minutes towards downtown from Trinity. Trinity is blessed with having a right-sized 22K public stadium right next to their campus. They could broker a deal with the city to pay about 10M in upgrades in terms for free rent and their logo on the feild, or just buy it outright. Alamo Stadium used to be home to the San Antonio Gunslingers and can comfortably service a crowd of 22K. Trinity could upgrade the stadium to 30K for CUSA/SWC play. There is no NFL in San Antonio, so the school could draw well from the public.

Trinity is next door to the University of Incarnate Word (6K). That would help their attendance as would the military scattered throughout the area.

They would need to upgrade their atheletic facilities, but they could probably do it for a pretty reasonable amount --- say 30M.

Trinity is a dominant athletic school at the Div III level.

I think they should move up as they have so many factors in their favor and the opportunity will likely not be as viable in the future. Trinity can be a hybrid of SMU and Rice if they chose to make the move for change and growth.

From Wikipedia --

"Trinity has historically had a strong tennis program, with both the men's and women's programs winning national championships in 2000. The men's program also won the national championship in 2003.[3] In recent years, Trinity has reached the national Division III playoffs in several sports, including football, women's basketball (2003 national champions), volleyball, women's cross country, men's and women's track and field and men's and women's soccer (men's team won the national title in 2003 and placed second in 2007)."


"The Trinity sports program is celebrated for having won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference "Bell Trophy," awarded to the school in the conference that has the best overall sports record for the year, eleven out of the last thirteen years."

From Trinity.edu

"NCAA Playoffs: 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
NCAA Semifinalists: 1998, 1999
NCAA Runner-up: 2002
Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl: 2002
SCAC Champions: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007"

"The Best in NCAA Division III Football During the Past 14 Years: 1994 – 2006
1. Mount Union College (OH) 172 – 7 .961************
2. Trinity University (TX) 126 – 22 .851**********
3. St. John’s University (MN) 137 – 24 .850**********
4. Hardin-Simmons University (TX) 115 – 24 .827*****
5. Wittenberg University (OH) 118 – 26 .821*******"


Last edited by finiteman on Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:06 pm 
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Trinity would not likely want to give up its perception academic prominence-all of the SCAC schools have excellent academic reputations, and Division I is generally viewed as compromising to academics in small college circles.

The SCAC's Colorado College is more likely to be a full member of Division I sooner, although they do not play football.


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