I find it egregious that the school has no football team. I The next class of students (2016), will, for the most part, be born after the last ever Bronco football game was played. I am a student at SCU. I chose to attend SCU over Boston College, Wake Forest and U of Washington, and have been thoroughly disappointed with the sports scene at SCU, compared to what I could have had. The basketball has been, well, awful. The lack of a football team on our campus diminishes our campus vitality, cohesiveness, and our connection with both alumni and the surrounding community at large. We, as a school, have little to get excited about athletically. I realize 65 scholarships for an FCS level program, plus another 65 more added to women's sports (I believe that's how it works) is a tall order. I refuse to believe that a school with a 700 million dollar endowment currently knocking down and rebuilding perfectly adequate dorms doesn't have the money to do it. Hell, are men's water polo and cross country important or vital to our school? They add noting. That's gotta be 20 or so scholarships that could be for football, but I digress. I could understand where it wouldn't be justifiable to cut sports and play FCS ball with bigger public schools. Still, if we wanted to, we could have schedule. Sac State, Davis, Cal Poly, Georgetown, Villanova, EWU and all the other directional universities of the big sky could all be scheduled, throw in a home and home with an Ivy League school too. Tell me you couldn't get thousands of fans in Buck Shaw to watch SCU play Georgetown. Still, the cynical administration wouldn't be up for that, it doesn't seem. Still, what on God's green earth keeps the school, with essentially all the facilities it would need, from playing non-scholarship football? We're disproportionately female as an institution. The income from 60+ tuition paying football players plus gate receipts would probably cover the costs. Sure, Stetson and Butler aren't glamourous opponents, but turn USD into a rival or something. It simply can't hurt. USD has ABSOLUTELY NO HISTORY in football (one NFL player ever!), but their alums seem to be willing to pay to keep the program there. Why can't a school with so much history find some wealthy old Broncos who want to do the same. It seems only the stubbornness of the administration is keeping the program from existing. Notre Dame, Boston College and Georgetown are the hardest Catholic schools to get into, and hey! They play football! Want to compete with those schools for academically qualified applicants from high schools? Give them a reason to be excited to be a Bronco.
The effect that the lack of a football team has on SCU is wholly detrimental. From my high school (a Jesuit one), more kids than I can count didn't even consider SCU because we don't have a football team. They would rather be at Oregon or BC or Nova or anywhere else. Here's a website that reviews colleges via student reviews. Check out the worst of Santa Clara. http://collegeprowler.com...ara-university/worst-of/ . Pretty lame huh? Beyond the fact that good, qualified kids are not even considering this great school (Don't read me wrong, I love Santa Clara to the bone), the way the school is perceived even by its own alumni is diluted by the lack of a program. I have a good family friend who played football at SCU in the 80's. Successful guy, loves the school, but won't donate and hasn't been back since 1993. I've run into a few others in my hometown of Sacramento who echo that sentiment, "it's a shame what happened to the football program down there", and then they shift the conversation.
I'm a student. I speak for almost everyone when I say we want nothing more than a team to root for. We want being a Bronco to mean something more than a middle of the road basketball team. I think Steve Nash couldn't have come through SCU at a worse time. He lessened the impact of the loss of football by providing some false hope to the fanbase that we might just become a basketball power. It's pretty friggin clear that that is not about to happen. I'm willing to work with any alumnus on this board to help in any capacity to restore any kind of program, but it seems that they school is stuck in it's ways. I don't know a thing about Fr. Locatelli, but it seems to me he did his best to send the athletic department back to the stone age. That doesn't mean it has to stay there. With basketball floundering, the school needs something to get excited about. Why not join the pioneer league in football? Kennedy Mall would be a riot zone if they announced that. I'm mostly just ranting my frustration here. I'd love to hear from the older guys on here where I'm going wrong with this.
Here's something that's interesting. I was only an above average high school student. Not stellar. More than half of my tuition is paid for by SCU as an academic scholarship. I'm not the only one either. Don't tell me this school can't afford it. It seems nothing is farther from the truth. Thanks for your time.