SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Football at West Florida makes sense

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 04:55 PM.

Several local players would easily benefit from having a Division II school two counties away. I think of former Baker running back Cameron Domangue, and I have to believe he would have been a perfect fit at West Florida.

Domangue played a year or two at Division III Birmingham-Southern — which doesn't offer athletic scholarships — before transferring to West Florida to finish his education.

I've lost track of how many Okaloosa County football players have made their way to Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama or some other state to play football at a Division II school.

Now, if that kid works as hard in the classroom as he does on the football field, he might be able to get some sort of academic scholarship to help with the cost of his education. Moms and dads also will be able to drive an hour or so to Pensacola to see their sons play college football.

Having moved to Gulf Breeze in 1966, I'm old enough to remember those early years of UWF. The school opened its doors in the fall of 1967 and was a two-year school for juniors and seniors.

Football wasn't even a dream in those early days.

Soon, a whole new world will be open for local football players.

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