2013 Elon Phoenix football team
|2013 Elon Phoenix football|
|2013 record||2–10 (1–7 SoCon)|
|Head coach||Jason Swepson (3rd year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Chris Pincince (3rd year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Brad Sherrod (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Rhodes Stadium
|2013 Southern Conference football standings|
|#23 Chattanooga §||6||–||2||8||–||4|
|#19 Samford §^||6||–||2||8||–||5|
|#22 Furman §^||6||–||2||8||–||6|
|§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
The 2013 Elon Phoenix football team represented Elon University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third year head coach Jason Swepson and played their home games at Rhodes Stadium. They were a member of the Southern Conference. This was their final season as a member of the SoCon as they joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014. They fininshed the season 2–10, 1–7 in SoCon play to finish in a tie for eighth place.
On November 25, 2013 Jason Swepson was fired after 3 consecutive losing records with a compiling record a 10–24 in those three seasons.
The Elon Phoenix began the season with four players named to the preseason All-Southern Conference teams: Linebacker Jonathan Spain was joined by second-team selections Clay Johnson for offensive line, Kierre Brown as a wide receiver, and defensive back Chandler Wrightenberry. The team began the season picked next to last in the conference.
In May of 2013, the school announced that the program will be leaving the Southern Conference to join the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014 as an all-sports member. The 2013 football season was their last season in the Southern Conference.
|August 31||12:00 PM||at Georgia Tech*||Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta, GA||ESPN3||L 0–70||45,759|
|September 7||6:00 PM||West Virginia Wesleyan*||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||W 49–7||7,112|
|September 14||6:00 PM||at North Carolina A&T*||Aggie Stadium • Greensboro, NC||L 10–23||13,221|
|September 21||6:00 PM||Appalachian State||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||L 21–31||9,782|
|September 28||1:30 PM||#12 Coastal Carolina*||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||PAA||L 28–53||10,227|
|October 5||1:30 PM||at Furman||Paladin Stadium • Greenville, SC||ESPN3||W 28–25||10,254|
|October 12||1:30 PM||#12 Wofford||Gibbs Stadium • Spartanburg, SC||L 27–31||8,209|
|October 19||1:30 PM||Chattanooga||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||L 9–20||6,547|
|October 26||3:30 PM||at Western Carolina||E. J. Whitmire Stadium • Cullowhee, NC||L 24–27 OT||9,627|
|November 9||1:30 PM||The Citadel||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||PAA||L 10–35||9,256|
|November 16||3:00 PM||Georgia Southern||Rhodes Stadium • Elon, NC||PAA||L 20–38||6,104|
|November 23||3:00 PM||at #24 Samford||Seibert Stadium • Homewood, AL||L 32–33||8,025|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
- "Elon fires coach Jason Swepson". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "Four Elon Football Players Earn Preseason All-SoCon Honors". WFMY (Greensboro). July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- Smith, Adam (July 25, 2013). "Fire of the Phoenix: Elon Finds Motivation in Preseason Polls". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- "Elon to join CAA in 2014". ESPN. May 27, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- "2013 Football Schedule". Elon Athletics. Retrieved September 11, 2013.