Creating a Football Program at UNF

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John Delaney, President University of North Florida

“Given the recent data on the short-term and long-term effects of concussions and sub-concussive injuries on young men playing football, why would UNF even consider creating a football program and adding to this mounting tragedy.”


Written response from Dr. Thomas Serwatka, Vice President & Chief of Staff to the President:

As President Delaney indicated in his oral response, it is quite likely that the financial numbers will not support adding football at this time. If and when the numbers do support adding a football team, there will be a more comprehensive review of whether football is appropriate for this campus. In these discussions, we would certainly put the health of the student-athlete as a primary point of discussion. Professional sports and college athletics are beginning to look into ways to mitigate the injuries that are occurring. When, and if, it becomes financially feasible for UNF to consider football, the safety precautions may have advanced significantly. But we won’t know until we are there and you can be sure that, under this administration, the safety of the student-athlete will be a critical component of any decision-making process.


I hope these responses address the two issues raised. We would be happy to meet with individual faculty members to provide more information, as such information becomes available.


President Delaney would also like to thank the questioners for keeping our attention focused on important questions such as these.




Thomas S. Serwatka

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