JOHNSON CITY — Football is coming back to East Tennessee State, and the school’s former players couldn’t be happier.
The Tennessee Board of Regents voted Friday to approve ETSU’s student fee increase of $125 per student to fund a new football program, clearing the final hurdle for the way to the sport’s much anticipated return. The school eliminated football in 2003 alienating the vast majority of men who played along the way.
“It’s a long time coming and it’s exciting,” former ETSU quarterback Matt Wilhjelm said Friday. “From the day it was first cut, I truly believed that we would have football back at ETSU. I don’t know that I thought it would be 10 years later.
“We’re going to have back what we had, and we’re very proud, very excited.”
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