ATLANTA (April 12, 2007) - Georgia State University President Carl Patton has announced that Dan Reeves has been retained as a Football Consultant for the study of starting football at Georgia State.
“Obviously, we are not saying that we are starting a football team, but we are aggressively looking for the answers to see if the financial support will meet the emotional support in order to do that,” Director of Athletics Mary McElroy said. “If we find that the Georgia State and Atlanta communities would financially embrace this, we realize it is still three to four more years before we could ever field a team,” she added. “Since this project is a gargantuan task, Georgia State knew it would take someone special to help us tackle this assignment and help us stir up the necessary passion for getting a football team. So, we are turning to a true football expert to be our team quarterback,” McElroy concluded.
Dan Reeves is a former Americus, Georgia high school quarterback who was once the Most Valuable Player of the Georgia High School All-Star Game. He was a stellar college ACC quarterback at South Carolina who went on to play NFL football as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Reeves was an NFL head coach for 23 years and has extensive ties in the football world and state of Georgia.
With his expertise in football and contacts with coaches, many of whom are in the college ranks, Georgia State looks to capitalize on his knowledge and relationships.
Georgia State, the second largest university in the state with more than 26,000 students, has completed a Football Feasibility Study and held Town Hall meetings with its faculty, staff and student body to address the possibility of a football program at the University Championship Division level (formerly Division I-AA).
As a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Georgia State would look at becoming the eighth member of that league to have football. Currently, Delaware, James Madison, Hofstra, Northeastern, Towson, William & Mary field teams, with Old Dominion slated to begin in 2009. Other teams who will play football in 2007 as associate members of the CAA are Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Richmond and Villanova.
Costs to maintain a football program, according to the Feasibility Study, would range around $6 Million annually, with an estimated start-up cost of $7.8 Million for Georgia State’s program.