Taking UWF to the next level

November 13, 2007

There are two ideas being floated out in the community about how to grow the University of West Florida. One is add football. Central Florida, South Florida and Florida Atlantic – which were on the same level as UWF at one time – have done so and become major colleges. The University of South Alabama is debating whether to add football as UAB did a few years back. Read Foes of USA football plan own petition

Another concept that is quietly being bounced around is merging UWF with Florida State University or the University of Florida. UWF would become the UF-Pensacola or FSU-Pensacola. This has worked for the college in Montgomery that is associated with Auburn and with UAB in Birmingham. This move would give UWF graduates degrees from a major university – help bring an engineering, education and/or nursing schools to Pensacola.

I do not know if football tickets come with a merger.

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  • felipe toro July 27, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I went to UWF from 1998 – 2001 and currently live in Miami!!

    The area of Pensacola def. needs a college football team. That is the only way the university will grow. It will bring enormous amounts of revenue and may one-day be the reason uwf becomes a major university offering exceptional education and athletics. UWF has not changed much looking at their homepage every now and then. they look like they are trapped in the 90’s they need a huge makeover.

    Regards, felipe toro

  • Clarry Ellis May 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm


    This post is from 2007. Maybe you should do your own fact checking. But, if this truly is some sort of rift in space/time, sell everything and then call your broker and short Lehman Brothers.

  • Junior Samples May 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I think a local college football team, even at Div III level, would be a big draw. Look at how many people drive to Tuscaloosa and Tallahassee from this area for games-I’d give up my FSU tickets and stay in town to watch our hometown team.

  • BobbyK May 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    “The University of South Alabama is debating whether to add football as UAB did a few years back”

    HUH?!?!? I’m not a USA supporter, dont live in Mobile, but I do know that South Alabama is far from “considering adding” football…they just finished their inagural season 12-0 and will be a division 1 member of the Sun Belt Conference soon enough.

    Dude-check your facts before you write on such a touchy issue. Not knowing this kind of stuff is just plain pitiful, as they might say in South (lower) Alabama.


  • Jay Jeff November 13, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Funny, it took UWF’s first woman president to finally get the ball rolling on a football team. The late Mr. Cavanaugh gave lip service to football supporters but in private detested the idea of his snooty little kingdom having anything as plebeian as football.

    If President Bense says she will make it happen, believe her!

    Go Argos!

  • Jeffrey Weets November 13, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I feel that UWF would greatly benefit from having a football team. Below is a link that I found at the UWF school newspaper, “The Voyager”. It is a recent article describing how UWF is putting forth the effort to start a football team at the school.


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