They dont own a football and theres no money in their athletic budget to buy one, but that doesnt silence the constant whisper of Columbus State University fielding a football team.
Recent discussions were fueled when an out-of-town consultant spent time on campus asking students, faculty and staff what they thought about CSU having a team. That came weeks after Kennesaw State University -- President Tim Mescon's former employer -- hired their first head coach and said they would have a team on the field in three years.
Only seven years ago Columbus State and Kennesaw were Peach Belt Conference rivals. Their basketball battles were epic. Now the Owls are in NCAA Division I and the Cougars' dreams are growing.
It's premature to say where CSU might end up. They have several options, with and without intercollegiate football.
They could start a football program and stay in Division II or advance into Division I -- a move that would require a million dollars up front. (Division III is a possibility but scheduling would be an issue since few nearby schools have non-scholarship programs.)
They could reject the idea of football and stay where they are or go Division I in basketball, baseball and their other current sports.
Football has been on the minds of some CSU supporters for a long time. When the school started club football many thought that was a step toward big time play.
Talk began years ago when Georgia Southern University, under former Georgia assistant Erk Russell, had great success in a short amount of time. West Georgia and Valdosta State also had their moments in Division II.
Kennesaw can afford to dream. Its enrollment is three times that of CSU and it's located in populous Cobb County. It has a stadium with room to grow and a benefactor that has pledged $5 million.
Without such things, Columbus State should turn away from Kennesaw and look at Florida Gulf Coast University -- the darling of this year's NCAA basketball tournament.
Located in Fort Myers, it is less than a decade old. In its infancy, an adviser told the FGCU president to forget football and concentrate on basketball.
If CSU found its way into Division I, the basketball program could immediately expect big payoffs from nationally known teams wanting to schedule the Cougars. This would not be out of kindness. Big guys would just be shopping for victories. Those games would help defray NCAA entry fees.
The prospect of having players and teams we see on ESPN coming into the Lumpkin Center is more attractive than having small fry football being played at Memorial Stadium.
So while Kennesaw pumps up its football, Columbus State should deflate any talk about bringing the game to University Avenue.
-- Richard Hyatt is an independent correspondent. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.