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NCAA Football Not Coming to UMES

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Another "delay of game" in the fight to bring football back to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

"We are not in the business of raising money for football right now," said UMES Public Relations Director Bill Robinson.

School officials say the university would have to cough up a lot of money to get this program off the ground.

"It's a rough challenge," Robinson said. "It's what the report is all about. Yes, the spirit is there but the dollars are not there."

A report released Thursday by a task force, assembled to weigh the pro's and cons of a renewing football, threw a penalty flag on the idea of funding a program.

So, football will not return to this Maryland campus gridiron, where many talented athletes used to play some thirty years ago.

"People as far as Eastern Cambridge all the way down to Norfolk, Virginia would pack our little town Princess Anne," said President of the Princess Anne Commission Garland Hayward, Sr.
Fans packed the stadium to see guys like Curtis Gentry, who later went on to play for the Chicago Bears.

UMES sent over 30 players to the National Football League. In fact, five of those players played in a super bowl.

"I remember Bill Thomas, and he was a defensive back," Hayward said. He added, "I saw a sideline hit that was hard enough to knock the opposing player into the fence."

School officials say the fight for football may go into overtime.

"We didn't close the door, we didn't lock the door," Robinson said. "We are just going to focus on doing what we can."

Which Robinson says is drafting some of the brightest players in the classroom.

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