Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)—The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley today committed to continue exploring the possibility of starting a football program.
The announcement came on the same day the Western Athletic Conference, of which UTRGV is a member, announced an expansion and the reinstatement of football.
The WAC added Sam Houston State University, Lamar University, Stephen F. Austin University, Abilene Christian University, and Southern Utah University. All of those schools play FCS football and will join the WAC on July 1.
An earlier report from TexasFootball.com stated UTRGV signed a letter of intent to start a program by 2023 or 2024, but UTRGV officials said their intent is to continuing exploring the feasibility of a program in the Rio Grande Valley.
“Conference expansion creates a new path forward, so we’re committed to exploring that process,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey. “The only commitment we can make at this time is to explore the process of adding football.”
The addition of football would require the addition of at least one women’s sport to satisfy Title IX requirements. UTRGV Athletic Director Chasse Conque said the university would continue to look at other sports, and that the WAC expansion provides a lot of options.