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East Tennessee State Buccaneers
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First season 1920
Athletic director [[|N/A]]
Head coach N/A
Home stadium ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center
Stadium capacity 8,539
Stadium surface
Location Johnson City, Tennessee
League NCAA Division I
Conference Southern Conference
All-time record 342–403–26
Postseason bowl record 4–2–0


Colors Navy Blue and Old Gold            
Website ETSUBucs.com
For information on all East Tennessee State University sports, see East Tennessee State Buccaneers

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers football program are the intercollegiate American football team for East Tennessee State University located in Johnson City, Tennessee. The team competed in the NCAA Division I as a Southern Conference football program. The school's first football team was fielded in 1920.[1]

HistoryEdit

East Tennessee State Normal School fielded its first football team in 1920. Navy blue and old gold, chosen in 1911, were the school colors. The team only played five games that year including two against local high school teams. W.R. Windes was the head coach for the first two seasons. In 1925, the school's name was changed to East Tennessee State Teachers College. The athletic teams were named "The Teachers". John Robinson was the head coach for the next 5 years.

In 1930, the school's name changed again to State Teachers College, Johnson City. In 1932, Gene McMurray was named the head coach. He coached for 10 straight seasons until the school stopped playing due to World War II. He came back to coach the team in 1946. His winning percentage during his 11 seasons was the highest in the history of Buc football. During his tenure, the team won the Smoky Mountain Conference Championship (1938) and the team's name changed to the "Buccaneers" (1935).

In 1943, the school's name changed to East Tennessee State College. In 1952, Star Wood became head coach. He led the team for 13 seasons from 1952-1953 and 1955-1965. Coach Wood tops the list of total wins with 64. East Tennessee State College joins the Ohio Valley Conference in 1957.

In 1963, the college gains university status to become East Tennessee State University. Coach John Robert Bell led the team to a 10-0-1 record in 1969. They won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and defeated Louisiana Tech, led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in the Grantland Rice Bowl. The Memorial Center opened in 1977 and was nicknamed the "Mini-Dome". The football team played their homes games indoors until the program was discontinued. In 1978, ETSU joins the Southern Conference.

In 1996, ETSU football team led by Coach Mike Cavan had a record of 10-3 and participated for the first time in the NCAA Division IAA Playoffs, defeating Villanova in a first round game.

In 2003, ETSU decided to discontinue the football team. The last game was played at home on Nov. 22, 2003 against The Citadel. ETSU won the game 16-13 with a last second field goal. [2]

On January 29, 2013, the Student Government Association voted 22-5 to a $125 per semester fee increase that would fund the instatement of the football program. University President Dr. Brian Noland, who was in attendance for the vote, said that fee would be sufficient to support football and Title IX requirements that support additional women’s athletics. Noland will crafted a football proposal to submit that to the Tennessee Board of Regents. The Regents passed it in March 2013. The TBR is expected to approve the proposal for a new ETSU football program.[3]

On March 29, 2013, TBR approved a $125 fee increase to reinstate football at ETSU. It has also become widely known across the campus that the Mini-Dome will not be the host of the home games. ETSU will build a brand new football stadium to play host to all of its home games. On May 30, 2013, ETSU accepted an invitation to join the Southern Conference in 2014 and will reinstate football in time for the 2015 season.[4]

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Year Coach Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
1920 W.R. Windes 3 2 0 0.60000 18 85 -67
1921 W.R. Windes 4 3 0 0.57143 95 137 -42
1922 J.K. Luck 6 3 0 0.66667 142 152 -10
1923 J.K. Luck 3 6 0 0.33333 105 343 -238
1924 J.K. Luck 3 4 1 0.43750 79 158 -79
1925 John Robinson 3 4 0 0.42857 57 109 -52
1926 John Robinson 3 4 1 0.43750 65 163 -98
1927 John Robinson 1 7 0 0.12500 26 162 -136
1928 John Robinson 4 3 0 0.57143 65 113 -48
1929 John Robinson 2 5 1 0.31250 31 116 -85
1930 J.S. Batey 0 7 0 0.00000 13 161 -148
1931 J.S. Batey 1 4 2 0.28571 42 106 -64
1932 J. Gene McMurray 3 3 1 0.50000 74 56 18
1933 J. Gene McMurray 6 1 2 0.77778 131 45 86
1934 J. Gene McMurray 4 3 1 0.56250 56 47 9
1935 J. Gene McMurray 5 3 0 0.62500 80 68 12
1936 J. Gene McMurray 5 3 0 0.62500 82 32 50
1937 J. Gene McMurray 5 5 0 0.50000 77 107 -30
1938 J. Gene McMurray 6 2 0 0.75000 112 75 37
1939 J. Gene McMurray 5 3 0 0.62500 61 83 -22
1940 J. Gene McMurray 4 4 0 0.50000 65 61 4
1941 J. Gene McMurray 2 5 0 0.28571 21 85 -64
1946 J. Gene McMurray 7 1 0 0.87500 125 56 69
1947 Lloyd T. Roberts 5 4 0 0.55556 148 130 18
1948 Lloyd T. Roberts 6 2 1 0.72222 98 73 25
1949 Lloyd T. Roberts 5 4 0 0.55556 125 135 -10
1950 Lloyd T. Roberts 3 5 1 0.38889 126 125 1
1951 Lloyd T. Roberts 4 5 0 0.44444 115 148 -33
1952 Star Wood 5 2 2 0.66667 188 125 63
1953 Star Wood 5 4 0 0.55556 220 164 56
1954 Hal Littleford 5 4 1 0.55000 165 160 5
1955 Star Wood 6 3 1 0.65000 145 111 34
1956 Star Wood 4 5 0 0.44444 108 133 -25
1957 Star Wood 5 6 0 0.45455 160 151 9
1958 Star Wood 5 4 0 0.55556 133 120 13
1959 Star Wood 6 3 0 0.66667 135 119 16
1960 Star Wood 3 4 2 0.44444 126 120 6
1961 Star Wood 3 7 0 0.30000 136 214 -78
1962 Star Wood 7 3 0 0.70000 182 102 80
1963 Star Wood 7 2 0 0.77778 167 121 46
1964 Star Wood 5 5 0 0.50000 135 139 -4
1965 Star Wood 2 6 1 0.27778 129 208 -79
1966 John Robert Bell 3 6 0 0.33333 112 119 -7
1967 John Robert Bell 3 6 1 0.35000 133 145 -12
1968 John Robert Bell 5 5 0 0.50000 151 170 -19
1969 John Robert Bell 10 0 1 0.95455 219 114 105
1970 John Robert Bell 7 1 2 0.80000 161 81 80
1971 John Robert Bell 0 9 1 0.05000 108 242 -134
1972 John Robert Bell 3 7 0 0.30000 203 221 -18
1973 Roy Frazier 4 7 0 0.36364 244 263 -19
1974 Roy Frazier 4 6 1 0.40909 125 152 -27
1975 Roy Frazier 2 8 1 0.22727 157 239 -82
1976 Roy Frazier 3 7 0 0.30000 112 204 -92
1977 Roy Frazier 3 8 0 0.27273 233 356 -123
1978 Jack Carlisle 4 7 0 0.36364 230 272 -42
1979 Jack Carlisle 7 4 0 0.63636 278 150 128
1980 Jack Carlisle 2 9 0 0.18182 144 250 -106
1981 Jack Carlisle 6 5 0 0.54545 191 242 -51
1982 Jack Carlisle 2 9 0 0.18182 123 217 -94
1983 George "Buddy" Sasser 3 8 0 0.27273 173 178 -5
1984 George "Buddy" Sasser 6 5 0 0.54545 144 167 -23
1985 Mike Ayers 0 10 1 0.04545 150 271 -121
1986 Mike Ayers 6 5 0 0.54545 264 266 -2
1987 Mike Ayers 5 6 0 0.45455 232 244 -12
1988 Don Riley 3 8 0 0.27273 180 363 -183
1989 Don Riley 4 7 0 0.36364 218 325 -107
1990 Don Riley 2 9 0 0.18182 240 330 -90
1991 Don Riley 1 10 0 0.09091 183 396 -213
1992 Mike Cavan 5 6 0 0.45455 219 313 -94
1993 Mike Cavan 5 6 0 0.45455 213 222 -9
1994 Mike Cavan 6 5 0 0.54545 306 266 40
1995 Mike Cavan 4 7 0 0.36364 224 305 -81
1996 Mike Cavan 10 3 0 0.76923 378 286 92
1997 Paul Hamilton 7 4 0 0.63636 340 242 98
1998 Paul Hamilton 4 7 0 0.36364 269 340 -71
1999 Paul Hamilton 6 5 0 0.54545 272 251 21
2000 Paul Hamilton 6 5 0 0.54545 282 267 15
2001 Paul Hamilton 6 5 0 0.54545 193 226 -33
2002 Paul Hamilton 4 8 0 0.33333 167 286 -119
2003 Paul Hamilton 5 7 0 0.41667 270 233 37

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