Paine College expected to announce return of football program

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 6:45 PM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 1:30 AM
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Paine College is expected to announce the return of football Friday after a 50-year absence.

Lions athletic director Tim Duncan said Wednesday that he could neither confirm nor deny what a Friday morning news conference will address.

“It’ll be good news,” he said. “It’ll be an exciting time for Paine College.”

Roscoe Williams, a Paine alumnus and former assistant to the president, said the announcement would be about restarting a football team. He said the last year of the program was 1962.

“There’s nothing like having a football program,” Williams said. “My guess is it is to regenerate some school spirit.”

He said the talks have been going on for some time.

“It’s not a spur-of-the-moment thing,” he said. “I think it’s been planned out.”

Williams said he expects Au­gusta to support the team, particularly if it wins.

“It’s just like anything else,” he said. “It’s going to be a function of how successful the team is.”

The Lions are longtime members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which features 10 football-playing schools. Claflin, LeMoyne-Owen and Paine are the only SIAC schools without football programs.

The high point for Paine football was from 1938-41, when the Lions compiled a 16-4-1 record. Paine fell on hard times starting in 1955, when it started a 36-game losing streak that ended three games shy of matching the national record of the day. The Lions snapped their spell with an 8-0 win over Livingstone College in 1962.

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rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 10/24/12 - 06:33 pm
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They will be in direct

They will be in direct competition with the Georgia Regents University Jumping Beans, A football team that has been in the works for many months now. Such a team will certainly add to the statewide recognition promoted by our illustrious governor, who has been smoking the same peace pipe that the Board of Regents has.

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willie7 10/24/12 - 06:37 pm
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Good news!!! I certain will
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Good news!!! I certain will support a football program at Paine
I spent a many plesant fall Saturday afternoons at the Paine Athletic Field. And theThanksgivings games with Savannah State were the hit of the fall season.
GoPurple and White!!!!

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Just My Opinion 10/24/12 - 07:34 pm
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Well, on one hand I think

Well, on one hand I think it's great news and is a definite positive for Paine and the Augusta area! But, on the other hand, I would think that fielding a football team is not inexpensive, and I wonder how Paine could possibly finance this?? It would be terrible to start this program and then have to see it fold within a couple/few years due to simple economics. BUT...maybe this has all been thought out....I mean if I can think of that right off the bat, then I'm sure those folks have already thought of it also! So, I say good luck! Should be fun.

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Dan White 10/24/12 - 07:44 pm
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Laney field?

Laney's stadium is better than many small college stadiums. It would be cool if a lease agreement could be made with Laney or the RCBOE for Laney to play their games there. The community and city would support Paine any where they choose to play. Look at the one college game a year that they play at Laney. Great community support!

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Chris Gay 10/24/12 - 07:58 pm
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Dan, Laney has the best

Dan, Laney has the best stadium, but the field there is just awful -- little grass in a lot of spots, holes in the field, vast sandy spots. I was on it a few days ago, and I think it's the worst field around. Maybe Paine can help with a new field or artificial turf.

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countyman 10/24/12 - 08:05 pm
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I agree with Dan White in

I agree with Dan White in terms of the atmosphere, but Chris Gay is right about the actual field..

I would love to see Paine/GRU all get behind the Cal Ripken sports complex on the GGHF site...

The construction jobs, the and foot traffic downtown on Saturdays could be great for Augusta.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 10/24/12 - 10:09 pm
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If by "football" they mean

If by "football" they mean "soccer," then I can understand it....

But how is Paine going to afford to launch a football team? I haven't started a football team in a while, but I know it isn't cheap.

Are they getting some of that Obama money?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/24/12 - 10:46 pm
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Ay, Yah, Yahy, Yah, Yahy

They are laying off faculty, office staff, and are shuffling funds around to stave off the banks. Starting up a football program is more than absurd; it's insane.

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Riverman1 10/25/12 - 04:38 am
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Long Snapper

I've got some eligibility left. I want to be the long snapper. I'm going to start practicing now.

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soapy_725 10/25/12 - 05:49 am
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Spending their way out of financial crisis
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Entertainment is more important that education. Show over substance. Just ask the POTUS for an example and more grant money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/25/12 - 07:49 am
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Ripken

Countyman wrote:

I would love to see Paine/GRU all get behind the Cal Ripken sports complex on the GGHF site...

I think the scandal involving the management contracts between Riverfront LLC and the city have stunk up the place so bad that it will be another generation before such a joint venture is tried again. No downtown stadium may be what Paul Simon had in mind all along.

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Riverman1 10/25/12 - 03:33 pm
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I'd rather see ASU go D-1

I'd rather see ASU go D-1 basketball.

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