GEORGETOWN, Texas -- Southwestern University has announced that it will reinstate its football program and will add a women's lacrosse team, thanks to $6 million in gifts from two former student athletes.
Joe Seeber, a 1963 graduate, and Red McCombs donated money to build the two programs.
"As the oldest university in Texas, we realize the importance many people place on football," said President Jake B. Schrum. "There are many bright young men who want to play football in college who find NCAA Division III appealing. It is important for us to be back in the game."
The new Southwestern football team will play its first game in the fall of 2013. The new women's lacrosse team will begin competition in the spring of 2014.
Southwestern previously played intercollegiate football from 1908 to 1951 and was a charter member of the Southwest Conference. Southwestern will join the University of Dallas as the only two universities in Texas to offer varsity lacrosse for women.