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Kennesaw State preparing to add football program

In a project that dates back as far as 2007, Kennesaw State is close to making its addition of football a reality.

Kennesaw State will present its plan to finance football to the university's board of regents on Tuesday. The only thing standing in the way of officially adding a football team is the board's approval of a $100-per-semester increase in student fees. When spread across KSU's 24,000 students, the fee, which was approved by the student body in 2010, will cover the expected $3.5 million cost of funding football. 

Should the measure pass, the school will hold a pep rally Wednesday to celebrate the arrival of Owls' football.

“We are grateful that the Board of Regents will consider our request to add football and additional Title IX women’s sports,” Kennesaw State President Dr. Daniel S. Papp said in a statement. “Many of KSU’s students, friends, and supporters are enthusiastic about the possibility of adding football and more women’s intercollegiate sports at the university. We appreciate everyone who has encouraged us, and we eagerly look forward to the board’s decision. Whatever the Board decides, it will have a tremendous impact on the future of KSU’s intercollegiate athletics program and the future of this university.”

Located in Kennesaw, Ga., 20 miles north of Atlanta, Kennesaw State competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference in Division I. The Atlantic Sun does not offer football, so Kennesaw State would have to find an FCS home for football. At first glance, the SoCon, Big South and CAA figure to be Kennesaw State's first options. 

With approval, Kennesaw State will begin play in 2015. The program will play in 8,000-seat KSU Stadium, with an upgrade of the West side suites the only requirement necessary to fit the facility for football. The Owls plan to practice in a field adjacent to the stadium.