JOHNSON CITY — The new football team at East Tennessee State has friends in high places, which can only help as things continue moving forward for the program.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is an ETSU graduate and has many ties to the university. Funding for a new stadium will have to go through the State Building Commission, of which Ramsey is the chairman.
“Not to put any pressure on myself, but I’m gonna make sure that happens,” Ramsey said Friday during the news conference announcing Carl Torbush as ETSU’s head coach. “I want this to be something special for ETSU. There’s a process they have to go through, but hopefully we can step this process up to make sure that we get this done in time for when we start playing football at ETSU.
“It doesn’t hurt the slightest bit that the lieutenant governor went to ETSU.”
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