Troy Trojans football
First season 1909
Athletic director John Hartwell
Head coach Larry Blakeney
Home stadium Veterans Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 30,000
Stadium surface Turf
Location Troy, Alabama
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference SBC
All-time record 488–360–27
Postseason bowl record 2–3
Claimed national titles 3 (1 NAIA, 2 Division II)
Conference titles Alabama Intercollegiate: 3
Alabama Collegiate: 3
Mid-South: 1
Gulf South: 5
Southland: 3
Sun Belt: 5
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 6 NAIA
10 Div-II
13 FCS
Colors Cardinal and Black            
Fight song "Trojans One & All"
Mascot Trojan
Marching band The Sound of the South
Rivals Middle Tennessee State
Jacksonville State

The Troy Trojans football program represents Troy University, Alabama, in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, of which it has been a member since 2001. The football program joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2004, while the other Troy athletic programs didn't join the SBC until 2005.

History Edit

Troy University has fielded a football team continuously since 1946. Prior to that year, the team was fielded with only a few interruptions from 1909 to 1942. Eight years were skipped due to lack of participation and later World War I from 1913–1920, while the Wall Street Crash of 1929 kept the team from playing that year. Having moved up from Division I-AA, the team has competed in the NCAA's Division I since 2001.

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Troy University football began playing in the NCAA's Division I-A in 2001, became a football only member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2004, and joined that conference for all other sports in 2005. In 2001, Troy defeated Mississippi State University at Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi, by a count of 21-9 to notch the Trojans' first victory over a BCS level program. The Trojans began their 2004 campaign with a win over Marshall, and then garnered the program's largest win one game later as the Trojans defeated then #17 ranked Missouri, 24–14, in front of a Movie Gallery Stadium record crowd. The Trojan football team made its first bowl game appearance in the Silicon Valley Football Classic on December 30, 2004 that same season, but lost to Northern Illinois, 34–21. In 2006, Troy won the Sun Belt Conference for the first time after defeating Middle Tennessee State in dramatic fashion in the last game of the 2006 season in a game that is now referred to as "The Miracle in Murfreesboro". As the 2006 Sun Belt Conference champions, Troy played in the New Orleans Bowl on December 22, 2006 against Rice University, routing the Owls of Conference USA by a score of 41–17. The New Orleans Bowl victory was Troy's first bowl victory in history.

Troy football head coach Larry Blakeney is entering his 20th season as head coach. He has led the program to three Southland Football League titles and five straight Sun Belt Conference titles, as well as guided the Trojans to seven FCS playoff appearances and four FBS bowl games. Blakeney boasts an overall record of 152-71-1 as head coach at Troy. Blakeney is the winningest coach in the Troy University history and he is the 4th winningest collegiate coach all-time in the state of Alabama, only behind greats Paul "Bear" Bryant, Cleveland L. Abbott, and Ralph "Shug" Jordan. Blakeney is just one of two coaches to ever take a football program from Division II to I-A (the other is UCF’s Gene McDowell).


Troy's only perfect regular season record in football came at the conclusion of the 1995 season as the Trojans finished 11–0 and were crowned champions of the Southland Football League heading into the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Troy won the NAIA national football championship in 1968 and the NCAA Division II national football championship in 1984 and 1987.

Troy has accomplished winning five straight Sun Belt Conference championships since 2006, breaking North Texas' record of four straight Sun Belt titles from 2001 to 2004. The Trojans have also compiled a 32-5 record against Sun Belt competition during the last five seasons.

Head coachesEdit

Name From To Record Postseason
Virgil P. McKinley 1909 1909 102
Dan Harren 1910 1910 112
George Penton 1911 1912 711
Professor J. W. Campbell 1921 1923 12141
Flivver Ford 1924 1924 214
Otis Bynum 1925 1926 1241
Gladwin Gaumer 1927 1928 670
No Coach 1930 1930 120
Albert Elmore 1931 1937 33253
Albert Choate 1938 1942 28251
Buddy McCollum 1947 1950 20183 1948 Paper Bowl
Jim Grantham 1951 1954 11231
William Clipson 1955 1965 26680
Billy Atkins 1966 1971 44162 1968 NAIA National Champions
Tom Jones 1972 1973 1172
Byrd Whigham 1974 1975 1280
Charlie Bradshaw 1976 1982 41272
Chan Gailey 1983 1984 1950 1984 NCAA Division II National Champions
Rick Rhodes 1985 1987 2871 1987 NCAA Division II National Champions
Robert Maddox 1988 1990 13170
Larry Blakeney 1990 Present 161821 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 Bowl Appearances; 2006, 2010 Bowl Wins
Composite Record 1909 2008 48835827


Troy has won 20 total conference championships to go along with 3 national championships. The program won the 1968 NAIA National Championship against Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville). Troy beat North Dakota State in 1984 to win their first Division II national title. They won their second Division II national title in 1987 after defeating Portland State.

Conference Year Overall Record Coach
Alabama Intercollegiate Conference 1939 7–4–0 Albert Choate
1941 5–4–0
1942 4–3–0
1967 8–2–0 Billy Atkins
1968 11–1–0
1969 8–1–1
Mid-South Athletic Conference 1971 6–3–0
Gulf South Conference 1973 7–2–1 Tom Jones
1976 8–1–1 Charlie Bradshaw
1984^ 12–1–0 Chan Gailey
1986 10–2–0 Rick Rhoades
1987^ 12–1–1
Southland Conference 1996 12–2 Larry Blakeney
1999 11–2
2000 10–2
Sun Belt Conference 2006 8–5
2007 8–4
2008 8–5
2009 9–4
2010 8–5

Bold indicates national championship.
Denotes NAIA National Championship.
^ Denotes NCAA Division II National Championship.

Season RecordsEdit

Troy Trojans football seasons

Bowl historyEdit

Non-FBS Post-season HistoryEdit

W/L Date PF Opponent PA Game
L 12-18-1948 0 Jacksonville State 19 Paper Bowl
W 12-14-1968 43 Texas A&M-Kingsville 35 Championship Bowl
W 12-08-1984 18 North Dakota State 17 Palm Bowl
W 12-12-1987 31 Portland State 17 Palm Bowl
  • Palm Bowl = NCAA Division II National Championship & Championship Bowl = NAIA National Championship

FBS Bowl HistoryEdit

W/L Date PF Opponent PA Bowl
L 12-30-2004 21 NIU 34 Silicon Valley Classic
W 12-22-2006 41 Rice 17 New Orleans Bowl
L 12-21-2008 27 Southern Mississippi 30 New Orleans Bowl
L 01-06-2010 41 Central Michigan 44 GMAC Bowl
W 12-18-2010 48 Ohio 21 New Orleans Bowl

NFL PlayersEdit

Trojans in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 34
First picks in draft: 0
1st Round: 2

Current PlayersEdit

Former PlayersEdit


Troy plays Middle Tennessee in the annual Battle for the Palladium. Troy and Middle Tennessee first played each other in 1936, but it wasn't until 2003 that schools started playing annually for the Palladium Trophy.

Troy used to play Jacksonville State in the annual Battle for the Ol' School Bell. The schools first played in 1924 and was one of the fiercest rivalries for both schools. The game hasn't been played since 2001 after Troy joined the FBS.

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

2013 2014 2015
vs UAB at UAB at Mississippi State
vs Savannah State at South Carolina
at Mississippi State vs Duke
at Ole Miss
at Duke



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