As a Northwest Florida Daily News subscriber, I am disappointed our local college football team, the University of West Florida Argonauts, did not receive any coverage on their record-breaking season up until the day they played in Kansas City for the national championship title.

This season, the UWF Argos made history as the fastest start-up program to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs, and yet none of their regular and playoff games was covered by the Daily News. It was only on the day of the championship that our local newspaper picked up an Associated Press article but incorrectly listed it in the headline as a playoff game. Several of our Argos are hometown athletes who graduated from Baker, Fort Walton Beach, Freeport, Navarre, Rocky Bayou Christian and Walton high schools. If the Daily News continues to promote itself as the paper that covers local sports, then these football players ought to get the same recognition as other local athletes.

Lest one think UWF is only about Pensacola, the UWF Emerald Coast/Fort Walton Beach Campus provides services to approximately 1,000 on-campus and online students from Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties. I can attest to this as a proud member of its staff team. In terms of academics, the Florida Board of Governors ranked the University of West Florida as one of the three top-performing public universities in the state. As a result, UWF was awarded over $20 million in new funding for this academic year.

I am sure our community would be proud to read about this accomplishment, especially when compared to other larger and well-known schools throughout the state. As the official newspaper of our community, it is incumbent upon you to provide coverage of your local university and these groundbreaking accomplishments, both on and off the field. Go Argos!


Lucy Kisela, Destin