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New Winthrop president open to reviewing pros, cons of football program


It’s a new era at Winthrop University as the school’s tenth president took office three weeks ago.

And already, Dr. Jayne Marie Comstock is facing questions about the possibility of bringing a football team to the university.

Comstock said she was just given a copy of a 2007 feasibility study earlier this week, and hasn’t yet had time to review the data and make an informed opinion.

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The study revealed that football at Winthrop would cost more than $18 million in up front costs, and another $2.4 million in annual operating costs.

But Comstock says while that cost of a football program is certainly a major consideration, it doesn’t immediately stop all conversation.

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At the time the study was released, then-president Anthony DiGiorgio dismissed the idea due to cost.

At the time, then president Anthony DiGiorgio put said yearly recurring costs would sit around 2.4-million dollars and the idea was put in an indefinite holding pattern.

Here is Comstock’s full discussion with Manning Kimmel on the topic of adding football to Winthrop:

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