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Reinhardt University Football Starting Up, Competing At NAIA Level In 2013

New college football programs are breaking out all over the Peach State, with news of Waleska's Reinhardt Eagles adding a program somehow escaping our ears for almost a week. One thing I like about Reinhardt's football decision: it came about six months after they started thinking about it. Swear it took Kennesaw State and Georgia State a combined 11 years to conclude they each wanted football.

Reinhardt will be just the second NAIA school in Georgia to field an intercollegiate football team, joining Rome's Shorter University. That's until SCAD suits up and his the gridiron, of course.

President J. Thomas Isherwood on the school, which became a university last summer after operating as a college, beginning new football efforts:

We will offer more than 100 football scholarships and these athletes will join with the 240 scholarship student-athletes already competing in 16 intercollegiate sports on campus. We will begin recruiting football student-athletes next fall, and we will have our first game in September 2013. Saturday afternoons will never be the same in Waleska!

Mercer was the most recent Georgia school to stir up a football program until last weekend, recently naming Bobby Lamb head coach. Floyd County's Berry College will likely be the next.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.