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Football Heading to Winthrop?

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With a busy schedule, Aaron Ball hardly has time to "catch" a break.

"Wake up, go to 9:30 classes. Eat lunch with all of my brothers and friends at the DiGiorgio Center and you know go to class," says Aaron of his routine.

As a junior at Winthrop University, he and his friends are all about grades and making memories.

"It's very important to have an academic at Winthrop but it's also about you know what you do socially, what you do with your friends."

Memories that never included college football….until now.

"I'm fully in support of it. We always go to the basketball games, it's always a lot of fun but if we had a football team that's what really gets the school national recognition,” says Aaron.

Winthrop has never had a football team but that could all change with a town hall meeting on March 13th. Winthrop President Jayne Marie Comstock has scheduled town meeting on campus. 

Students and alumni can give their opinions. The staff and community are also invited.

“You know football is a really big game in South Carolina but the process of deciding whether or not we should have a football team at Winthrop is not a game for us. We’re taking that question very seriously,” says Comstock.

A football team comes with a start-up cost; more than 11 million dollars, and that's just to get the ball rolling.

Aaron believes a football team could bring more than just memories for the school.

"A lot of income. Yeah, it would cost a lot to start up but also I mean through concessions, through merchandise, it would bring a lot of money to the university," says Aaron.

So, could we see Aaron in a Winthrop football jersey soon?

"No, i'll be a dedicated spectator," he laughs.

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