Tampa Spartans football, 1960–69

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The Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the sport of college football from the 1933 through the 1974 college football seasons. During the 1960s, the Spartans competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and played their home games on-campus at Phillips Field from 1960 through 1967 and then at Tampa Stadium off-campus in Tampa, Florida from 1967 through 1969. This article includes a game-by-game list of the Tampa Spartans' ten football seasons from 1960 to 1969. During this period, the Spartans were coached by Marcelino Huerta (1960–1961), Fred Pancoast (1962–1963), Sam Bailey (1964–1967) and Fran Curci (1968–1969).

Contents: 1960  · 1961  · 1962  · 1963  · 1964  · 1965  · 1966  · 1967  · 1968  · 1969


1960[edit]

1960 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1960 record 2–7–1
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1959 1961 »

The 1960 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1960 college football season. It was the Spartans' 24th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his ninth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of two wins, seven losses and one tie (2–7–1).

After they opened the season at home with a 7–7 tie against Furman, the Spartans lost on the road at Western Carolina and Tennessee.[1][2] After the Spartans won the first game of the season over Elon, they lost to both McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana before they defeated Troy State on homecoming for their second win of the season.[3] The Spartans then closed their season with three consecutive losses against McMurry and Alabama on the road and at home against Appalachian State.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 24 Furman* Phillips FieldTampa, FL T 7–7    
October 1 at Western Carolina* Asheville, NC L 8–28    
October 8 at Tennessee* Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN L 7–62   19,945
October 15 Elon* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 21–0    
October 22 McNeese State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–3    
October 28 Southeastern Louisiana* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 12–28    
November 5 Troy State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 22–7    
November 12 at McMurry* Indian Stadium • Abilene, TX L 8–41    
November 19 at #18 Alabama* Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 6–34   19,000
November 26 Appalachian State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 15–22    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1961[edit]

1961 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1961 record 8–1
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1960 1962 »

The 1961 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1961 college football season. It was the Spartans' 25th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his tenth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of eight wins and one loss (8–1). Huerta resigned as the Spartans' head coach on January 8, 1962, to take the same position at Wichita State.[5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 23 Livingston State* Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 41–8    
September 30 Western Carolina* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 24–14    
October 14 Elon* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 13–0    
October 21 at Presbyterian* Clinton, SC W 17–16    
October 28 at Southeastern Louisiana* Strawberry StadiumHammond, LA L 3–27    
November 4 at Troy State* Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, AL W 27–6    
November 11 Northern Michigan* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–6    
November 18 Appalachian State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 14–0    
November 25 #18 Wofford* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 22–21    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1962[edit]

1962 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1962 record 3–4–2
Head coach Fred Pancoast
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1961 1963 »

The 1962 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1962 college football season. It was the Spartans' 26th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Fred Pancoast, in his first year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of three wins, four losses and two ties (3–4–2).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 22 Eastern Kentucky* Phillips FieldTampa, FL L 6–22    
September 28 at Southeastern Louisiana* Strawberry StadiumHammond, LA L 7–27    
October 6 McNeese State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL T 10–10    
October 13 at Southwestern Louisiana* McNaspy StadiumLafayette, LA T 14–14    
October 20 Presbyterian* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 10–0    
October 27 Quantico Marines* Stewart Field • St. Petersburg, FL L 3–32    
November 3 Troy State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 30–3    
November 17 Furman* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 15–14    
November 24 Appalachian State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 7–9    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1963[edit]

1963 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1963 record 4–5–1
Head coach Fred Pancoast
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1962 1964 »

The 1963 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1963 college football season. It was the Spartans' 27th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Fred Pancoast, in his second year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of four wins, five losses and one tie (4–5–1). Pancoast resigned as the Spartans' head coach on January 20, 1964, to take the position of ends coach at Florida.[6]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 21 Western Kentucky* Phillips FieldTampa, FL T 14–14    
September 26 National Polytechnic Institute* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 33–14    
October 5 Southwestern Louisiana* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 17–19    
October 12 at McNeese State* Lake Charles, LA L 12–37    
October 19 Presbyterian* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 26–0    
October 27 Eastern Kentucky* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 7–3    
November 2 at Troy State* Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, AL L 0–7    
November 9 at Ole Miss* Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS L 0–41    
November 16 Wofford* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 7–6    
November 23 East Carolina* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 8–14    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1964[edit]

1964 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1964 record 4–6
Head coach Sam Bailey
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1963 1965 »

The 1964 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1964 college football season. It was the Spartans' 28th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Sam Bailey, in his first year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of four wins and six losses (4–6).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 12 at Jacksonville State* JSU StadiumJacksonville, AL L 8–10    
September 19 Virginia Tech* Phillips FieldTampa, FL L 14–18    
October 3 Memphis State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–13    
October 10 McNeese State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–12    
October 17 at Southwestern Louisiana* McNaspy StadiumLafayette, LA L 6–37    
October 24 Presbyterian* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 42–0    
October 31 at Northeast Louisiana* Monroe, LA W 7–6    
November 7 at Ole Miss* Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS L 0–36    
November 14 Wofford* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 22–14    
November 21 Western Carolina* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 21–7    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1965[edit]

1965 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1965 record 6–2–1
Head coach Sam Bailey
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1964 1966 »

The 1965 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1965 college football season. It was the Spartans' 29th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Sam Bailey, in his second year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of six wins, two losses and one tie (6–2–1).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 18 at McNeese State* Cowboy StadiumLake Charles, LA W 16–12    
September 18 at Buffalo* Buffalo, NY T 13–13    
October 2 at Mississippi State* Scott FieldStarkville, MS L 7–48    
October 9 North Texas State* Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 17–14    
October 16 Southwestern Louisiana* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 7–6    
October 23 Delta State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 32–33    
October 30 Jacksonville State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 30–11    
November 13 Maine* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 2–0    
November 20 Northern Michigan* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 19–7    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1966[edit]

1966 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1966 record 4–5
Head coach Sam Bailey
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1965 1967 »

The 1966 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1966 college football season. It was the Spartans' 30th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Sam Bailey, in his third year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of four wins and five losses (4–5).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 17 at Tulsa* Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK L 11–57    
September 24 Bowling Green* Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 20–13    
October 1 at Akron* Rubber BowlAkron, OH W 20–12    
October 8 North Texas State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 6–41    
October 15 Furman* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 41–2    
October 29 at Houston* Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 9–48    
November 5 Northeast Louisiana* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–17    
November 12 Buffalo* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–8    
November 19 Eastern Kentucky* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 6–14    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1967[edit]

1967 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1967 record 2–7
Head coach Sam Bailey
Home stadium Phillips Field
Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1966 1968 »

The 1967 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1967 college football season. It was the Spartans' 31st season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Sam Bailey, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field for their first two home games and then at Tampa Stadium for their final five home games in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of two wins and seven losses (2–7). The 1967 season is noted for the dedication of Tampa Stadium in the Spartans' 38–0 loss against Tennessee.[7]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 16 Virginia Tech* Phillips FieldTampa, FL L 3–13    
September 23 at Akron* Rubber BowlAkron, OH L 0–6    
October 7 at Southern Miss* Faulkner FieldHattiesburg, MS L 0–48    
October 14 at Tulsa* Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK L 0–77    
October 21 Furman* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 13–19    
November 4 Tennessee* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 0–38   26,500
November 11 Chattanooga* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 20–16    
November 18 South Dakota State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 7–14    
November 25 Indiana State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 7–9    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1968[edit]

1968 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1968 record 7–3
Head coach Fran Curci
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »

The 1968 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1968 college football season. It was the Spartans' 32nd season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Fran Curci, in his first year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of seven wins and three losses (7–3). Curci was officially hired as the replacement for Sam Bailey as head coach on January 25, 1968, from the Miami Hurricanes, and he won his first game as head coach on the road against UC Santa Barbara.[8][9] Other games of note during the season included upsets at Tulane and over Mississippi State, both of the NCAA University Division.[10][11]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 21 at UC Santa Barbara* Harder StadiumSanta Barbara, CA W 18–7    
September 28 Akron* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL W 24–9   15,212
October 5 at Tulane* Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 17–14   17,000
October 12 at Cincinnati* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH L 28–31    
October 19 Eastern Michigan* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 21–0   18,860
October 26 Mississippi State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 24–17   23,340
November 2 Northern Michigan* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 22–19    
November 9 at East Carolina* Ficklen Memorial StadiumGreenville, NC W 28–21    
November 16 Southern Illinois* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 20–23   23,280
November 23 Southern Miss* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 7–21    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1969[edit]

1969 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1969 record 8–2
Head coach Fran Curci
Home stadium Tampa Stadium
Seasons
« 1968 1970 »

The 1969 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1969 college football season. It was the Spartans' 33rd season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Fran Curci, in his second year, and played their home games at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of eight wins and two losses (8–2). The Spartans opened the season with a loss at Akron before they went on an eight-game winning streak.[12] They then closed the season with a loss against Florida A&M in the season finale.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 20 at Akron* Rubber BowlAkron, OH L 0–40    
September 27 Parsons* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL W 51–0    
October 4 at Southern Illinois* McAndrew StadiumCarbondale, IL W 31–0    
October 11 Tulsa* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 31–14    
October 18 Wisconsin State* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 56–0   12,600
October 25 at Eastern Michigan* Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI W 17–7    
November 1 Quantico Marines* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 45–19   17,856
November 15 Northern Michigan* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL W 39–35   16,248
November 22 at Cal State Los Angeles* Los Angeles, CA W 53–0    
November 29 Florida A&M* Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL L 28–34    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Youthful Tampa battles Furman 7 to 7 draw". The News and Courier (Google News Archives). Associated Press. September 25, 1960. p. 2D. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee overpowers Spartans". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Google News Archives). Associated Press. October 9, 1960. p. 45. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tampa Spartans choice at homecoming tilt". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. November 5, 1960. p. 2C. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Land, Charles (November 20, 1960). "Sluggish Tide rolls over Tampa, 34–6". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 9. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tampa coach to Wichita". The Gadsden Times (Google News Archives). UPI. January 10, 1962. p. 10. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tampa grid coach hired by Gators". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). January 21, 1964. p. C1. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kelly, Tom (November 5, 1967). "26,500 admire Vols, Spartans, stadium". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). p. C1. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bamford, Hal (January 26, 1968). "Tampa reins to Curci". The Evening Independent (Google News Archives). p. 16A. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Del Gaizo keys Spartan upset". The Evening Independent (Google News Archives). September 23, 1968. p. 2C. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ Nobles, Charlie (October 7, 1968). "McQuay fires Spartans toward national status". The Miami News (Google News Archives). p. 5C. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ Bennett, Piet (October 28, 1968). "Woes just starting for Hapless Bulldogs". TimesDaily (Google News Archives). Associated Press. p. 11. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Robinson, Bill (September 22, 1969). "Curci: "I'm bleeding now, but..."". The Evening Independent (Google News Archives). p. C1. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 

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