UWF Football

UWF Football
3:56 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

UAB Blazers End Football Program As UWF Gears Up

UWF Football Coach Pete Shinnick at football camps this summer.
Credit University of West Florida

The University of Alabama-Birmingham’s announcement Tuesday that its football program is going away is raising questions about how other football-playing schools in the region, including the University of West Florida, could be affected.

UAB becomes the first since Pacific in 1995 to shutter its football operation. The decision was made after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year, which shows UAB subsidizes two thirds of the program’s $30 million operating budget.

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Major UWF Gift
6:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

$770,000 Gift to UWF Helps Science, Health, and Football

Timothy Burr talking about his family's gift to the University of West Florida Tuesday afternoon at the Argonaut Athletic Club.
Credit Bob Barrett/WUWF

Science, engineering and football all got a boost Tuesday as the University of West Florida announced a major gift from a local family.  

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UWF Football
11:06 am
Mon August 11, 2014

UWF Football Gets Closer To Playing Downtown

UWF President, Judy Bense, announces the formation of the University's first football team.
Credit University of West Florida

  Two years before its inaugural season, University of West Florida football’s first major scrimmage was held Friday at Pensacola City Hall. The Argonauts are working to create a temporary home downtown.

Meeting in special session, the Community Maritime Park Associates Board went over a proposed agreement for the team to play at Bayfront Stadium beginning in 2016. The two-year deal – plus three, one-year renewals if desired – would pay the city $5,000 per game.

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UWF Football
4:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

LISTEN: Interview With UWF Head Football Coach Pete Shinnick

Pete Shinnick with an Argos jersey at a press conference about the new foootball team.

The University of West Florida will field its inaugural football team in the fall of 2016. Leading the Argonauts will be Pete Shinnick – who is no stranger to starting a program from scratch. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently sat down with the head coach.

The 48-year-old Shinnick comes to Pensacola from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he started that football program from scratch. In seven seasons, the Braves won 55 games – including a 9-2 mark last year while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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Economics with Rick Harper
3:44 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Harper: Air Force Cuts Could Hurt Northwest Florida

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the proposal by the U.S. Air Force to reduce its active-duty force by 22,500 or 7 percent in 2014. The more aggressive one-year reduction plan compares to previously announced plans to reduce the force by about 25,000 over five years.

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Local Economy
12:18 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Harper: Air Force Cuts Could Hurt Northwest Florida

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the proposal by the U.S. Air Force to reduce its active-duty force by 22,500 or 7 percent in 2014. The more aggressive one-year reduction plan compares to previously announced plans to reduce the force by about 25,000 over five years.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Shinnick Begins Work as UWF Football Coach

Pete Shinnick (center) is welcomed by UWF President Judy Bense and Athletic Director Dave Scott.
Credit Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Pete Shinnick was introduced Thursday, as the first head football coach at the University of West Florida. The work now begins towards the first game in September of 2016.

By her count, UWF President Judy Bense has waited five years, four months and 32 days for today’s announcement.

“I now can finally answer the question that I have been asked more as president than any other question,” said Bense. “”When are we going to start UWF football?’”

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UWF Football Coach
3:48 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

UWF Hires First Head Football Coach

The Superbowl isn't the only big football story on the panhandle this week.  The University of West Florida has announced the hiring of its first ever head football coach. 

The announcement of the long anticipated hire came Friday afternoon.

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UWF Football
2:24 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Football Coming to the University of West Florida

Bob Barrett talking to UWF President Dr. Judy Bense at her announcement of football coming to the university
Credit Sandra Averhart / WUWF Radio

Dr. Judy Bense, President of the University of West Florida has announced a timetable for the arrival of Division II NCAA football at the school, saying the first game will be played in the fall of 2016. Bense says that fund raising will begin immediately for the construction of a practice field on the university campus and the hiring of a coach.

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