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Community reacts to ETSU football discussion

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Football has been a thing of the past at ETSU for ten years, something Nathan Parvin remembers very well.
"They actually had football when I was a freshman there, I don't know why they got rid of it, but I'm glad it's coming back," Pervis tells us.
He says when it was done away with, it changed his college experience.
"It was a lot of fun to go to the games, then they got rid of it and homecoming just didn't really mean a whole lot anymore."

Friday, the decision will be made whether or not they will bring the program back, and Assistant General Manager of Buffalo Wild Wings Michael Higgins tells News 5, it would be good for business if they did.
"It would help us out tremendously, we get so many people to come in after softball games, baseball, volleyball games...the team comes in, the soccer team gave us a jersey to hang up in here, so we try to support the school as best as we can," Higgins says.

We've learned tuition will go up $125 a semester, but Parvin says it would be worth it.
"They find reasons to make students pay extra money every semester anyway, whether it be parking or whatever they can come up with. So, I don't see why not. I mean, usually students get to go to the games for free anyways," he says.

Student Ryan Ramsey tells us,  "I really expected the price added on to our tution to be a lot higher, it's surprisingly low."

But for now, the optimism is high, and we can only wait to see what the final decision will be.
"It's going to generate a lot of excitement and a lot more school spirit too," Ramsey says. "Football is a very popular sport and it's going to be really exciting for everybody to go see some football."

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