Faculty Senate discusses keeping football games on Saturdays


Faculty Senate gathers to discuss the future of Thursday home football games.

The TCU Faculty Senate met Thursday in the Chambers to discuss several topics, one of which was the handling of future Thursday night home football games.

A recommendation that football games not be played on weekdays was tabled by a majority vote from the senate.

According to the recommendation, “The TCU Faculty Senate strongly recommends to the Intercollegiate Athletics Department that home football games not be scheduled between Mondays and Fridays – days when regularly scheduled classes meet or examinations are held.”

The recommendation also stated the mission of the university is to educate, that the parking situation inconvenienced faculty and students and the tailgating activities sent the wrong message to students.

Some senators agreed with the recommendation, saying that it reinforces the academics first viewpoint.

However, a majority of the senators disagreed with the recommendation.

One of the main complaints senators had about the recommendation was that it was worded too strongly.

“This issue (having thursday football games) doesn’t happen enough,” said Dr. Eric Simanek, a professor of chemistry and faculty senator.

Many senators said we should thank the people who helped out on the Oct. 29th game and look for ways we can improve the situation.

The recommendation also states TCU should keep the parking lots closed to tailgaters until 5 p.m.

There were a few suggestions to cancel classes altogether.

Some senators said the university should close at 2 p.m. on gamedays, while others suggested the university should close down and have a “football holiday.”

The senate voted to revise the recommendation and revisit the issue in March.