What we learned today in quick easy to take-in bullet points
- The Owls brass seems VERY confident that the opening kickoff will happen in 2015. Definitely good news there!
- Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said the time-frame for hiring a new coach is 4-5 weeks. We asked for some clues on who the coach might be, which are posted below in the interview at the bottom of this post.
- The KSU Stadium is now named Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State. Both sides seemed very excited to be partnering up on this deal. That’s a long name for a stadium…I think I’ll call it 5-3 stadium or “the 5-3.” Fifth Third Bank has sponsorship/naming rights of multiple minor league baseball stadiums around the country and also Fifth Third Arena is where the Cincinnati Bearcats play their home basketball games.
- It was mentioned that Kennesaw State’s goal for the school is to grow to 30,000 students and become the second biggest school in Georgia by 2016.
- There is no decision yet on which conference KSU will play in. All we know is that it will be an FCS conference.
- Mr. Williams mentioned in the media session that the school has no plans to move to the FBS like Georgia State is doing, and he said it quite emphatically, multiple times. He also threw in a “for the foreseeable future” and “at this time.” It was a good politically correct response, to avoid putting the cart before the horse. Students and alumni should be glad to have Mr. Williams in charge. He’s a good man with a vision, and more positive things are coming.
- Kennesaw has added women’s lacrosse as a sport and will be adding more women’s sports soon to accommodate the Title IX gender equality law. For every male scholarship given, a female scholarship must be given as well. This is likely why there is no men’s soccer team. Look for KSU to look into field hockey or sand volleyball, both of which are already sponsored by the Atlantic Sun.
- Former UGA Head Coach Vince Dooley wore a black and gold tie. Nice touch Coach! I also overheard Dooley mention that he didn’t even bring up the issue of coaching the Owls with his son Derek, so cool the jets on that rumor.
- I saw a name plate for Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay. Maybe he is doing some consulting work for the hire of a football coach. The same could be said for Dan Corso, the brother of legendary football coach and ESPN analyst Lee Corso.
I sat down with and asked Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams to ask a few quick questions.
What do you plan to do with student tickets because the demand will probably exceed the stadium’s capacity
“We’re going to get with the students. We’ll have to sit down with student government and sit down with student groups and talk about what’s the best way to distribute tickets. In our business plan we talked about a lot of the stadium being students, so we’ll have to figure out a great way, a creative way with their input, to do this.”
Talk a little bit about the alumni options for acquiring tickets
“Alumni will have to get involved in the Owl Fund. You’re going to have to start earning priority points, that’s where it’s going to start. That’s going to drive people to other games (other sports). We want to use football to help people explore all the great venues such as baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball and soccer.”
What are you looking for in your new head coach
“We need somebody who is going to grow a program, but we need somebody with Georgia roots. We need somebody who understands Georgia, can get out there and create excitement. We’re going to open it (the search) up and look for the right fit, the right fit for what we’re doing”
After speaking with some folks at the press conference today and interviewing Mr. Williams, all signs point to Georgia Tech defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum being the lead candidate to become the inaugural Kennesaw State Owls head coach. McCollum was listed as a possible candidate by the Marietta Daily Journal last month. A native of Marietta, McCollum has experience as a former head coach (Middle Tennessee St.), not to mention he knows the name of every prep football player in a hot bed of talent from Cobb through Atlanta and all of the surrounding suburbs. His knowledge of the triple option offense would fit right in as it is much easier to recruit for a triple option than to find the skill players needed to run a pro style or spread offense.Follow @KSUOwlHowl