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1997 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division
1997 record 6–5 (5–3 WAC)
Head coach Mike Cavan (1st year)
Home stadium Cotton Bowl (c. 68,252)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
New Mexico x   6 2         9 4  
Rice   5 3         7 4  
SMU   5 3         6 5  
Utah   5 3         6 5  
BYU   4 4         6 5  
UTEP   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         2 9  
TCU   1 7         1 10  
Pacific Division
No. 17 Colorado State x   7 1         11 2  
Air Force   6 2         10 3  
Fresno State   5 3         6 6  
Wyoming   4 4         7 6  
San Diego State   4 4         5 7  
San Jose State   4 4         4 7  
UNLV   2 6         3 8  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Colorado State 41, New Mexico 13
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 SMU Mustangs football team represented Southern Methodist University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in the Mountain Division. They played their home games at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Under first-year head coach Mike Cavan and ten years after the NCAA's 1987 "death penalty" on SMU football, SMU finished the 1997 season with a 6–5 record and completed their first winning season since the football program resumed operations in 1989.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 66:00 p.m.Ole Miss*L 15–2336,521
September 137:00 p.m.vs. Arkansas*W 31–923,500
September 207:00 p.m.Navy*L 16–4620,011
September 272:00 p.m.No. 23 BYU
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Dallas, TX
KSLL 16–19 OT23,701
October 47:05 p.m.at New MexicoL 15–2233,128
October 112:05 p.m.at UtahW 20–1926,611
October 252:00 p.m.Wyoming
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Dallas, TX
W 22–1722,403
November 12:00 p.m.Rice
W 24–620,024
November 82:00 p.m.UTEPdagger
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Dallas, TX
W 28–1421,280
November 151:30 p.m.at TulsaW 42–4115,234
November 207:05 p.m.at TCUESPNL 18–2119,094
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

1997 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 70 Adami, AustinAustin Adami Jr
RB 21 Adams, KelseyKelsey Adams Jr
WR 5 Johnson, AlbertAlbert Johnson Jr
RB 28 Phillips, RodnickRodnick Phillips So
QB 12 Sanders, ChrisChris Sanders So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 42 Bordano, ChrisChris Bordano Sr
DB 25 Campbell, ChrisChris Campbell Sr
LB 97 Wilson, JonJon Wilson Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

PersonnelEdit

Mike Cavan succeeded Tom Rossley as SMU head coach. Rossley coached SMU from 1991 to 1996 and left with a 15–48–3 record.[1] Cavan became SMU's third head coach in the post-"death penalty" era for SMU. Cavan was previously head coach at Valdosta State from 1986 to 1991 and East Tennessee State from 1992 to 1996. This is Cavan's first head coaching job at a Division I-A school.

Name Position Seasons at
SMU
Alma Mater
Mike Cavan Head coach 1 Georgia (1972)
Warren Belin Linebackers 1 Wake Forest (1990)
Darrell Dickey Offensive coordinator, quarterbacks 1 Kansas State (1984)
Derek Dooley Wide receivers 1 Virginia (1991)
Troy Douglas Running backs 1 Appalachian State (1988)
Steve Malin Defensive ends 4 East Texas State (1993)
David McKnight Tight ends 1 Georgia (1969)
Eric Schumann Defensive coordinator, defensive backs 1 Alabama (1977)
Randy Williams Offensive line 1 Valdosta State (1991)
Source:[2]

After the seasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

Offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey left SMU to take the head coaching job at North Texas in 1998; Greg Briner, previously the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Georgia, succeeded Dickey as offensive coordinator.[3] Offensive line graduate assistant Paul Etheridge was promoted to tight ends and offensive tackles[4] David McKnight moved to running backs coach.[5]

NFL DraftEdit

In the 1998 NFL Draft, linebacker Chris Bordano was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round and 161st overall.[6]

ReferencesEdit

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