Dr. Daniel Papp and Vaughn Williams celebrate regents decision.
KENNESAW, GA -- Wednesday afternoon, Kennesaw State University's athletic director, Vaughn Williams tweeted, "Touchdown!!!! Football is finally coming! #goKSUowls" - signaling that the Georgia Board of Regents had approved a plan to bring college football to the school.
The school's plan had come under criticism from some students due to the plan's increase of student athletic fees from $152 to $252 per semester to help launch the program. With the approval, the fee increase will take effect next fall.
Kennesaw State has plans to field a team by the fall of 2014. The team would play home games at the KSU Stadium, currently being used primarily for soccer. The stadium is on George Busbee Parkway, to the south of Chastain Road.
In addition to creating a football team, the university also plans to add a women's lacrosse program.
The university competes in seven men's sports and nine women's sports in the Atlantic Sun Conference. With more than 24,600 students enrolled, Kennesaw State is Georgia's third-largest university.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)