Shorter football sets sights on NAIA Championship site

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July 13, 2007

In only its third season, the Shorter College football program has its eye on the NAIA National Championship. Though playing in the championship game is a goal for the team, Shorter's athletic department is focusing on hosting the event.

On July 12-13, Athletic Director Bill Peterson and head football coach Phil Jones met with Renee Hultgren, an NAIA representative, in hopes of bringing the 2008 and 2009 games to Barron Stadium in Rome. The championship game is held in December of each year and has been in Savannah, Tenn., since 1995.

"First and foremost is just the fact that Rome is a great football town, and I think we can put 8,000 to 9,000 people (in Barron Stadium) and maybe have one of the best championships they've ever had," said Peterson. "I think the thing the NAIA is finding out is that unlike a lot of cities in close proximity to Atlanta, obviously Rome is a city of its own with its own character."

In preparation for the visit, Shorter treated Hultgren to the grand tour of Rome and all that the city could offer if decided upon for the big game. She toured local hotels, the facilities at Barron Stadium, the practice fields at Darlington School, and threw out the first pitch at a Rome Braves game.

"This would be huge for, not only Shorter, but for the Rome community as well," said Jones. "Of course, we not only want the game to be here, but we hope to get the chance to play in it as well."

The Shorter Hawks begin their third season of football this year at historic Barron Stadium in downtown Rome.

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