VCU Rams football
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|VCU Rams Football|
|Athletic director||Norwood Teague|
|Head coach||Alfonso Bell
1 year, 0–0–0 (–)
|Home stadium||Thomas Jefferson High School (Richmond, Virginia)|
|All-time record||2–5–0 (.286)|
|Postseason bowl record||0–1–0|
Black and Gold
|Mascot||Rodney, The Ram|
Prior the arrival of a club football team, there has been increasing interest across the VCU community for the Athletic Department to field a varsity football program. Much of the push for a team has come with the foundation of a varsity football team at Old Dominion University, a major rival of VCU, as well as the recent success of the VCU Rams men's basketball team.
The current club team will be coached by Lamar Bell, and play against nearby Virginia colleges and universities that also do not field varsity level football teams. VCU currently sells a shirt proudly declaring that VCU Football is "Still Undefeated."
During former President Eugene P. Trani's administration, he was notable for saying VCU will not have football "on my watch." But now that Trani has stepped down and Michael Rao has filled the vacancy, the debate has sparked once again. The club was founded by President James Tait, Vice President Jules Charles, and Vice President Cole Ransom.
A study was done in 2008 by the VCU Student Government to gauge student interest in football. A total of 8,373 votes were taken and 73% of students agreed that VCU should field a football team. The study also gauged what football could do to VCU's reputation and Alumni participation, finding favorable responses for football in both questions.
Potential locations for a future varsity football team
An independent study has been done by VCU Alumni showing potential locations and costs to implementing VCU football. The study calls for the VCU football stadium to replace the current location of the Diamond. The Diamond will become available when the current tenant, the Richmond Flying Squirrels move to their new stadium in 2014-2015.
City Stadium Location
The current location of City Stadium has been listed numerous times as a potential locations to start VCU football. The location is currently being sought after by VCU Athletics and a potential developer because the stadium is solely occupied by the Richmond Kickers of the USL Pro.
- "VCU Football Still Undefeated". The Commonwealth Times. September 1, 2005. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
- "MyVCU Portal - VCU Football Poll Results". VCU Student Government. November 29, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2011.