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Eight new programs will come out with a football team this year

East Tennessee State University is set to open their football program in 2015

East Tennessee State University is set to open their football program in 2015

Eight new football programs are going to be active for the 2015 season.  East Tennessee State University and Kennesaw State University are entering the FCS program. I would also like everyone to keep an eye on West Florida the division 2 team that could come in and take over D2. There is too much talent in Florida. 

Eight Programs Launching in 2015-16

  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southern Conference (2015, with a full conference schedule in 2016) – President Brian Noland, Athletics Director Richard Sander, Head Coach Carl Torbush.
  • Finlandia University (Hancock, Mich.): NCAA Division III, Conference TBA (2015) – President Philip Johnson, Athletics Director Chris Salani, Head Coach Tim Driscoll.
  • Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Big South Conference (2015) – President Daniel S. Papp, Athletics Director Vaughn Williams, Head Coach Brain Bohannon.
  • Lyon College (Batesville, Ark.): NAIA, Central States Football League (2015) – President Donald Weatherman, Athletics Director Kevin Jenkins, Head Coach Kirk Kelley.
  • Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Mich.): NAIA, Conference TBA (2016) – President Richard J. Pappas, Athletics Director Paul Lowden, Head Coach Lou Esposito.
  • Morthland College (West Frankfort, Ill.): NCAA Division III, Conference TBA (2016) – President Tim Morthland, Athletics Director and Head Coach Mike Rude.
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas): NCAA Division II, Conference TBA (2016) – President W. David Watts, Athletics Director Steve Aicinena, Head Coach TBA.
  • University of West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.): NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference (2016) – President Judith Bense, Athletics Director Dave Scott, Head Coach Pete Shinnick.

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