Lincoln U. resurrects football program

Lincoln University, a historically black college near Philadelphia, is bringing back football after a 47-year absence. They will compete at the Division II-level as a member of the CIAA, which includes Johnson C. Smith.

The university was motivated by several factors to upgrade its athletic program, and restoring its football program seemed a logical choice in its decision.

β€œA more varied campus life experience contributes significantly to the number of prospective applicants and the active engagement of continuing students,” said President [Ivory V.] Nelson. β€œSchool and campus pride is significantly enhanced by athletic participation with schools of similar size and composition.”

The university conducted a student survey in fall 2004. Eighty-three percent of students surveyed showed their willingness to accept an athletic fee to help offset the cost of moving from Division III to Division II. The survey also revealed that 96 percent of the students desired Lincoln to compete in the CIAA and also field both a football team and marching band.

The university will seek financial support from alumni, corporations and other friends to assist with the implementation of the decision to upgrade the athletic program.