Why does UMBC not have a football team? Did the university ever consider having one? —Lisa Price ’87
The fact that UMBC does not have an intercollegiate football team is one of the defining elements for the university (and, perhaps, its social life) since its founding in 1966. The UMBC Bookstore even sells t-shirts with a Retriever paw inside a football that proudly proclaims “UMBC FOOTBALL: UNDEFEATED.” Records of various discussions of a possible intercollegiate football program are scattered throughout the university archives. While there has always been an undercurrent of interest, funding is the number one reason football never found a foothold at UMBC.