Four firms are submitting proposals on a feasibility study for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), a university that is considering whether to add football.
UALR officials have been discussing the possibility of instituting a football program, as it has not fielded a team since 1955. The university’s process of exploring its options will include a feasibility study, and four firms have submitted proposals to conduct that report. Those firms include Collegiate Consulting, College Sports Solutions, Brailsford & Dunlavey, and Conventions, Sports & Leisure International.
Now, the process will shift to evaluating each of the four submissions. A recommendation on which firm should be selected is expected to be issued by the August, and the report itself would take several months to complete. More from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Each package contained two separate packets which, according to the university’s requirements, contained a technical proposal and a pricing proposal.
An evaluation committee will recommend a firm for legislative approval by Aug. 31, and [UALR’s interim director of procurement services Desiree] Taggard said the committee will review all the technical proposals before examining the pricing proposals.
Chancellor Andrew Rogerson said in July that the estimated total cost of the study, which will take 6 to 7 months, will be under $100,000 and that the school will divide equal parts of the cost with the city of Little Rock and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
UALR’s share, Rogerson said, will be paid with private funds from the athletic department.
UALR is a member of the Sun Belt Conference.