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FGCU’s Club Football coach resigns amid controversy

After Kevin VanDuser sent hundreds of ‘offers’ to high school students across the United States to play on the Club Football team at the university, controversy ensued.

Although the high schoolers were aware that this is a club sport, many of the students that we spoke with were under the impression that the football team would eventually become a D1 team.

Maxwell Gagne, a high school student from Illinois who received an offer from VanDuser believed that club football would eventually become a D1 team.

“I totally knew this was a club,” Gagne said. “I was excited when I found out it was a club and that they were going to become a D1 program in a year or two.”

According to a statement released by FGCU officials, a non-employee, volunteer that works with the football club has been contacting individuals about playing football at the school.

FGCU says that they have no plans to add football to their list of D1 sports.

While VanDuser has decided to stop coaching FGCU’s club football team, he said that he will continue to coach football at the newly formed Champion Preparatory School.

 

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