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It’s official. UWF Argos will play football at Maritime Park in 2016

September 18, 2013

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Collier Merrill is making his last CMPA board meeting a huge one. After weeks of negotiations, University of West Florida President Dr. Judy Bense announced today the university will play its first games in 2016 at the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park.

“Why have a football team?” asked Bense. “Because it involves students, creates affinity with our alumni and increases our engagement with the community.”

The Argos will play in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference, which includes Delta State University, Lee University, University of North Alabama, Shorter University, Valdosta State University, University of West Alabama and University of West Georgia.

Merrill threw the gauntlet out to West Georgia, where former UWF VP Kyle Marreo is the new president. “We’re going to get that ‘traitor’,” joked Merrill.

UWF Athletic Director Dave Scott said that he expects to hire a coach by the spring of 2014.

Dr. Bense said that she believes the maritime park stadium is a good choice for the university.

“It’s best of the community, it’s best for the university,” said Bense.

  • Jay Benson September 20, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Great news but how long is UWF going to remain hiding in NCAA Division II? Some of the Gulf South Conference schools like Christian Brothers University have under 2,000 students while UWF is closing in on 15,000. No wonder they keep winning championships, they are competing against tiny schools with a much smaller student population from which to pick their athletes.UWF athletics will never be taken seriosuly until they play with the big boys and girls and step up to Division I.

  • Jami Sanderson September 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Very cool. Looking forward to a hometown football team!

  • Cal Robinson September 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Dr. Bense said that she believes the maritime park stadium is a good choice for the university.

    “It’s best of the community, it’s best for the university,” said Bense.

    Wonder if they will finally follow through on the Maritime Museum they backed out of now that they will be playing at the stadium.