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Q: What are the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS? A: Some of the more...

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Q: What are the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS? A: Some of the more significant costs/investments involved in a move to FBS would include: • Improvements to our on-campus football practice/training facilities. The cost of upgrading practice facilities is preliminarily estimated at $35 million (for physical improvements only). • Operational costs involved in an FBS move (above our current net expenditures), such as additional salaries, marketing, and ongoing facility maintenance. Because of competing institutional priorities, many of these investments would need to be fully funded through private gift support from donors. We are conducting financial analyses as well as a feasibility study to assess the implications of such private gift support–especially in terms of opportunity costs. That is, we are seeking to understand if donor support for football initiatives could preclude support for other initiatives at the university; and if so, how and to what extent.

Villanova's president wrote a candid letter today about their football program's potential upgrade to the FBS level. In spite of these daunting financial concerns, Donohue acknowledges that their hand might be forced with so much power and influence being concentrated in the "Big Six" conferences. I think with all the obstacles standing in the way of an upgrade that it probably won't happen in the end.
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