A Letter from Coach Benson
Hoya Football Family,
We have reached the halfway point of our second season in the Patriot League and I wanted to update everyone on the progress of the 2002 Football squad.
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the wonderful support that has been shown to the 99 members of the Georgetown Football program during the last six weeks. The student-athletes who have accepted the challenge of the Patriot League are true pioneers and have displayed the necessary courage to lead the way as we continue to upgrade the Georgetown Football program.
The move to the Patriot League is a decision that will benefit everyone associated with Georgetown University. The relationship with peer institutions has already brought a tremendous increase in school pride, campus spirit, and media coverage. In addition, we will begin competing with the Ivy League in the fall of 2003 when we play at Cornell University on October 18th. Cornell, as well as Yale, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania, will all be welcome additions to the future Georgetown Football schedule. It is truly an exciting time for the Georgetown Football Program.
With this excitement, comes the reality that there is hard work ahead. We must all work at improving every aspect of the Georgetown Football Program. Fundraising and increasing donor support must continue to carry a sense of urgency that will allow the Georgetown Football Program to succeed in this new league. The major issues continue to be:
1. Facilities: We need facilities that match the overall quality of our institution. Georgetown University is one of the top academic institutions in the nation. Our facilities need to match this excellence. Our student-athletes deserve to feel good and take pride in what they are doing. It is very difficult to function on a daily basis with any aspects of a football program – film study and teaching, weightlifting, locker room pride, meeting space, recruiting, all are a challenge. Help build our new facilities!
2. Financial Aid: The need to increase our financial aid dollars to help with work-study and loan buyouts remains at the highest of priorities. The winner of the Patriot League receives an automatic bid to the I-AA Playoffs. It is a very competitive league with a very high level of play. Financial Aid is the key to getting better student-athletes here at Georgetown University.
3. Coaching Staff: In the end, as a coach, I am a teacher and an educator. Our staff educates young men through the game of football. We must continue to have the ability to attract and compensate the best football coaches who are available and interested in coming to Georgetown University. Currently, we are way behind the other Patriot League institutions when it comes to coaching salaries. Everything takes time, but this issue must be addressed in time.
My advice to everyone is to stay the course! The Georgetown Football Staff and Players are committed to winning in the Patriot League. This is not an overnight mission. We have five games left in the 2002 schedule and we will continue to do everything to be successful in each of these contests. Our coaches and players work extremely hard and understand we have an obligation to all members of the Georgetown University Football Program (past, present and future) to be successful in the Patriot League. We will succeed. Stay the Course!
P.S. I would like to wish my father a very Happy Birthday.