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      Winthrop trustees: Football still a possibility

      Winthrop University trustees are still considering adding a football program, despite last month's firing of the university president who was leading the inquiry.

      ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Winthrop University trustees are still considering adding a football program, despite last month's firing of the university president who was leading the inquiry.

      Board Chairwoman Kathy Bigham told The Herald of Rock Hill (http://bit.ly/1xht5F0 ) the board could discuss the possibility after classes start next month. Officials are awaiting an economic impact study conducted by four Winthrop students who are seeking a master's degree in business administration.

      Professor Steven Frankforter says they will likely complete their findings in early August.

      The board fired Jamie Comstock Williamson in June, less than a year into her tenure. She had set a goal of growing enrollment at the public liberal arts university by 1,000 students over five years.

      Officials believe adding a football team would boost the school's name recognition and attract more students.

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      Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com

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