WICHITA, Kansas – It is a big talker around Wichita Wednesday. A vague post tweeted by WSU President John Bardo.
The pictures shows a black football helmet with the WSU logo and the caption, “So this arrived… #GoShox.”
Bardo later tweeted, “Meeting with consultants today to talk about athletics. Excited for future possibilities at Wichita State.”
WSU’s football program ended in 1986. Support and interest was low leading to lackluster attendance and a lack of funding to sustain the program.
“It feels like a step in the right direction, but it might be one of those cases where I’ll believe it when I see it,” stated WSU Freshman, Maxwell Flippin, after seeing the tweet.
Back in December, President Bardo said there are a lot of obstacles with football. Bardo explained that funding for football facilities alone could be in the ballpark of $70 million. He added any consideration would have to include strong financial support from the community, saying that costs would not be placed on students.
“We want to be bigger and better, and I think that’s definitely something that Bardo is looking into, and he’s really wanting to make sure we’re improving on all aspects,” explained Carol Gibbon, a senior at WSU.
The consultant firm Wichita State is working with through the process will keep researching for the next three to four months, and after that, the decision will be handed off to Bardo, whether to move forward with the possibility of Shocker football.
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Lou Heldman, Wichita State University Vice President for Strategic Communications, said the helmet was ordered for President Bardo to take on appearances.