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Being a KSU student, and not seeing a post already made about this, I figured I'd share it with y'all here.


Kennesaw State Holds a Football Celebration

"We're here to stay, we're here to play," Owls athletic director Vaughn Williams said at Thursday's official festivities.

By Wendy Parker

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February 14, 2013

After offering the obligatory "Are you ready for some football?" exhortation, Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp posed another question during a celebratory Thursday afternoon, and he had no intention of making it a rhetorical one.

"Why are we adding football?" he asked during the official launch of the school's varsity football program. "We are a major university in the South."

"And we are on the way to becoming a major national university as well."

With that, one of many choruses of cheers rang out from several hundred revelers at the KSU Convocation Center. Not only is Kennesaw State getting a football program, but it wants to use that high-profile sport to expose the school's academic and extracurricular offerings far beyond Cobb County, metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

After more than eight years of planning by KSU, the Georgia Board of Regents made football a realityon Wednesday, approving a funding scheme that calls for a $100-per student fee per semester for football and multiple women's sports required under federal Title IX mandates.

KSU also unveiled an corporate sponsor during Thursday's celebration, announcing that Fifth Third Bank will have naming rights to the current KSU soccer stadium that will the venue for football, and to pay for other athletics expenses. School officials said negotiations with Fifth Third Bank for an unspecified "multi-millon dollar" amount have not been identified. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the sum is for $5 million.

KSU athletics director Vaughn Williams told Patch that getting a corporate sponsor on board was crucial to securing regents' approval.

"We can't go downtown without Fifth Third Bank," he said. KSU's football exploratory committee was led by retired UGA coach and athletics director Vince Dooley, who was on hand Thursday. When a media questioner asked Williams if he was considering hiring the legendary Bulldogs figure, Dooley deadpanned, "I'm here to help, not to handicap." While Williams said that a search for the school's first head football coach will begin immediately for the Owls' inaugural season in 2015, Papp was frank about his desire for the university to develop a broader public footprint.

With nearly 25,000 students, KSU is the third-largest university in Georgia, trailing only the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.

The university boasts 80 degree programs, including five at the doctoral level, in nine colleges. In the midst of a college football-crazed part of the country, adding the sport will give greater name recognition to KSU and "add to the value of a degree," Papp said. "In my time here, we have added six degree programs," said Papp, who is in his seventh year on the job. "But you haven't heard that much about them." Kennesaw State will play in the Football Championship Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the same level of competition as Georgia State, which began football in 2010.

But it's a level of football that does not produce revenues, unlike Georgia and Georgia Tech, which compete in conferences with lucrative national television contracts. Papp said KSU consulted Old Dominion University in Virginia, the University of South Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which have added or are about to add football, as it was developing its financial plan. He said that between the student fees and the Fifth Third Bank sponsorship, KSU anticipates having nearly $3 million in athletic reserve funding toward the end of the decade.

But while plenty more numbers are to be crunched and as Williams and his athletics staff ramp up the football start-up, local officials are beaming.

Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, who was at the celebration with several city council members, said he can't wait for the first football homecoming parade to march through his town. "It's just another great addition to the community," he said.

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I'm a student at KSU as well. I got 3 years if eligibility left! Heck I'll try out if they want to pay for my school lol

Well, they won't be kicking off (literally) until 2015, which I guess would give you one year of eligibility at that point. The biggest hurdle the school has left is finding a conference to play in, as they're currently part of the Atlantic Sun Conference, which is a non-football conference. Someone asked if they'd considered joining the Pioneer League, but the AD said their intention is to join a scholarship eligible conference.

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Copy of the e-mail they sent to us students:

Brian Bohannon, who has spent the past five seasons as quarterbacks/B-backs coach at Georgia Tech and engineered one of the country’s most prolific spread option offenses, has been named the first-ever head football coach at Kennesaw State University, Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams announced on Sunday.

“This is an extremely exciting moment in Kennesaw State University history,” Williams said. “Coach Bohannon embodies every value, characteristic and skill set that we look for when choosing head coaches to lead our student-athletes. Brian has distinguished himself as a servant leader who will build a program the right way. I can’t wait to kick off that football in 2015.”

Bohannon will be introduced at a press conference inside the Owls’ locker room at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Tuesday (March 26) beginning at 11 a.m. (ET). The event will be streamed live at www.ksuowls.com.

“Let me start by saying how excited I am to be the first-ever Kennesaw State head football coach,” Bohannon said. “Kennesaw State is a special place with a great student body, administration and faculty, and I am just excited about the opportunity.

“I also want to give special thanks to University President Dr. Dan Papp, Vaughn Williams, the search committee and the people I met with during my interview,” Bohannon added. “I thoroughly enjoyed the process, everything was run in a first-class manner, and I can’t wait to get started. My goal is to work toward developing the total student-athlete in the classroom, on the field of play and in the campus and local communities.”

A native of Griffin, Ga., Bohannon has 17 years of coaching experience at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) levels, all of which have come while working with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson.

"I am excited for Brian and Melanie," Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. "He has been a big part of our success the past 17 years. I'm glad he has an opportunity to run his own program."

Before arriving at Georgia Tech, Bohannon spent six years as wide receivers coach at Navy. He was part of a staff that returned the Midshipmen to the national spotlight. Navy won 35 games over four years, earning a school-record four consecutive bowl berths and a school-best four straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies.

Under Bohannon, Navy's receiving corps emerged as outstanding receivers as well as skilled blockers.

Navy's offense put up remarkable numbers in 2007. The Midshipmen ranked first nationally in rushing (348.8 ypg), 10th in scoring (39.3 ppg.), and 22nd in total offense (444.1 ypg.) and ninth in sacks allowed (1.08 pg). Navy’s rushing attack averaged a nation's best 318.7 yards per contest in 2005 as the Midshipmen went to a bowl game for a third straight year, won a second consecutive bowl game and captured the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for a third-straight

During his initial season as defensive backs coach, the secondary played a key role in Georgia Southern’s efforts, ranking 18th nationally in pass defense (156.1 yards per game) and 28th in interceptions (16). The Eagles' secondary took another leap forward in 2001, finishing second nationally in pass defense (125.6 yards per game), fourth in scoring defense (12.0 points per game) and sixth in total defense (261.4 yards per game).

During Bohannon’s five seasons in Statesboro, Georgia Southern advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, finishing as national runner-up in 1998 and claiming back-to-back national championships in 1999 and 2000.

A four-year letter winner and standout as a wide receiver at Georgia, Bohannon started his coaching career at West Georgia before earning his first full-time position at Gardner-Webb (N.C.) as wide receivers coach in 1996.

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