Football will give Charlotte students and alumni a reason to return to campus and it will give the school a means to let the community know what it has. I've been a proponent from the start.
I know that the timing is terrible. Our economy is in flux and, as always, we're overreacting. It's as if we're having a contest to see who can panic most.
So, yes, the fall of 2008 is a terrible time for the school on the edge of town to commit to a multi-million dollar project such as college football.
But you know what?
There will be never be a good time. Money will always be tight.
If the school doesn't act now, it will lose the grassroots momentum generated from within, from alumni and students. And I can't see it coming back.