I-A Move Still Being Pondered

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Its was a vote both Western president Gary Ransdell and Athletic Director Wood Selig said they completely understand.

"I can certainly understand how some may not feel inclined for us to move I-A as a result of the impact it may have in their minds financially."
noted Selig.

Ransdell said, "When you have students and faculty, staff and alumni, fans and parents and so many different constituencies that have interest in given topics, every decision does not please all of those constituencies equally."

Monday afternoon at the Board of Regents meeting, Ransdell again presented the I-A proposal to the Regents.

In his speech, he noted that Western is only one of two schools in the nation along with Villanova, that are members of a I-A conference but play I-AA football.

He said that the due to the academic strength of WKU, the timing may be right for such a move.

"Had we not put this ahead of building a 10 million dollar parking structure, had we put this ahead of renovating our residence halls, had we put this ahead of building our campus restaurants., had we put this ahead of opening two academic buildings, then we would have had
our priorities in the wrong place."

No matter the outcome of next month's vote, the topic will not be brought up again.

"This is it. This is not something you want to be consuming for the institution and deal with with any frequency," added Ransdell.

Ransdell also reiterated that the $70 tuition increase is not based on whether the university moves divisions or not.

It will still be added regardless and used for other projects if the football program does stay in I-AA.

The board will vote on the I-A move at its next meeting, Nov. 2, 2006, in Owensboro, Ky.

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