A football fix to the lack of spirit at UVU

An uneasy silence fills the air on Saturday afternoons on campus at UVU—a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of a normal school day. There are few cars to be seen in the parking lot, no tailgating students eagerly awaiting a big game, and definitely no cheering crowd to be heard faintly in the distance.

At most world-class universities across the country, college football provides and sustains the spirit of the students, the publicity of the school and the funding for its athletics programs. Without football—these things are forgotten.

It’s no wonder that on any given day on campus you can walk through the halls and pick out a number of students sporting BYU football apparel. There is no cohesion or school pride at UVU. As soon as Saturday rolls around, UVU green finds itself in the bottom of the dirty-clothes hamper and is replaced by BYU blue or U of U red.
There are definite challenges to be faced if UVU is to ever add a football program. Although it would take time and funding, the long-term investment could be extremely beneficial to the university.

Imagine a day when UVU students are proud to be Wolverines and school spirit extends into the stadium and onto the gridiron. When navy blue BYU shirts and red U of U hats are non-existent on campus, and UVU can build an identity of its own.

I’ve only seen this school spirit manifest itself once. Last December, when USU, along with the majority of its student body, made its way down to the McKay Center to take on Ryan Toolson and the gang in men’s basketball, the arena was filled to capacity. The MAWL actually took up an entire section and the students were proud to be wearing UVU green. There was, for the first time, a legitimate sense of pride among the students.

Unfortunately, this has happened just once. On any given day, at any UVU sporting event, the opposing team can hear the coaches game plan in its fullness as their voice raises above the silence of the home crowd. This doesn’t have to be the case. A football team, something for the students to emotionally invest in, would actually make this schools university status complete. It would bring students together and instill in them an enormous amount of pride.

3 Responses to "A football fix to the lack of spirit at UVU"

  1. Brett Robbins   September 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    You got to start some-wear BYU and U of U did it now let’s start the legacy for our kids and grandchildren. The sooner you get to point Z depends on when you start at point A!!!! Go Wolverines!!!!!!!

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  2. Jason   November 1, 2010 at 10:16 am

    UVU needs a football team! It could immediately be competitive in a football conference such as the big sky conference because of the demographics and could build a nice rivalry with Weber State. After a little time in the big sky they could make the jump to division 1 and play in the WAC or MWC. Utah Valley University will have the most students of any University in the state of Utah and they need to build a sense of pride in the school through a football team. Think about BYU vs UVU… talk about a close in proximity rivalry. I bet UVU would get a lot of the recruits that BYU doesn’t get because they don’t have to live up to such a strict honor code.

    Weber State and Utah Valley University could play in the Big Sky Conference together and then make the jump to the WAC or MWC together!!! That would mean 5 big time college football teams in the state of Utah!

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  3. Brett   November 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    hell ya we need one

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