It was concluded that adding football, men's and women's swimming and women's lacrosse would add more than 170 student-athletes to the campus and generate more than $750,000 in net revenue.
“There's a fairly large demand and interest across the alumni base and the student body to have football on a campus,” Jensen said. “Some of the benefits of bringing football will be increased enrollment, excitement and national exposure.”
OBU football was 8-2-1 in its final season in 1940, winning an All Oklahoma Collegiate Conference championship. The program was 109-71 with two conference championships in 21 seasons of football.
One of the highlights from the previous era of football was a 6-0 victory over the University of Arkansas in 1925. Robert Mastin, grandfather of current Bison track coach Ford Mastin, had a school-record three interceptions to help OBU maintain the shutout.
Oklahoma Baptist, which will be a member of the Central States football league, will host its first football media day at 10 a.m. Aug. 10, at Bison Field at Eddie Hurt Athletic Center.
On Aug. 31, the Bison will host Southwestern College (Kan.) at “The Hurt,” OBU's new 2,900-seat, on-campus stadium.
OBU is asking for people connected with the previous era of Bison football — former players, managers, cheerleaders, and direct relatives — to contact assistant athletic director Brian Morris at 585-5411 or at email@example.com so the school can recognize them in an Opening Day ceremony.