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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 11:15 pm

Incoming University of Texas Rio Grande Valley president Guy Bailey anticipates that football will someday be a part of the athletics program.

But having been provost and executive vice president at the University of Texas-San Antonio just before the school made the leap to add football, he knows the endeavor can only be successful if the timing is right.

University of Texas-Pan American athletics director Chris King says the timing isn’t right. He has plenty of other things on his plate: getting the soccer programs off the ground, renovating the UTPA Field House, fixing up Edinburg Baseball Stadium, fully funding UTPA’s current 14 sports, and putting enough money toward those programs that they can be competitive for the postseason.

Football is the furthest thing from his mind.

“If I have any say-so in it, we will not add any sports,” King said.

“I think everybody realizes who is involved with UT-RGV that that’s probably five or seven years down the road before we even look at the study.”

A study would be just the first step in a long, arduous and expensive process.

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