East Tennessee State Buccaneers football
|East Tennessee State Buccaneers|
|Athletic director||Richard Sander|
|Head coach||Carl Torbush|
|Home stadium||ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center|
|Location||Johnson City, Tennessee|
|League||NCAA Division I FCS|
|All-time record||342–403–26 (.460)|
|Postseason bowl record||4–2–0 (.667)|
Navy Blue and Old Gold
- For information on all East Tennessee State University sports, see East Tennessee State Buccaneers
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) located in Johnson City, Tennessee. The team has been dormant since the end of the 2003 season, but is in the process of being reinstated, with the first season of the revived team set for 2015. Before ETSU dropped football, it competed in NCAA Division I as a Southern Conference (SoCon) football program; the revived team will also play in the SoCon. The school's first football team was fielded in 1920.
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 joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 1957.
In 1963, the college gained 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 joined the Southern Conference.
In 1996, the ETSU football team led by Coach Mike Cavan had a record of 10-3 and participated for the first time in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, defeating Villanova in a first round game.
In 2003, ETSU decided to discontinue the football team due to financial reasons. 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. The school further left the Southern Conference. 
On January 29, 2013, the Student Government Association voted 22-5 to a $125 per semester fee increase that would fund the re-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 crafted a football proposal to submit to the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). The Regents passed it in March 2013.
On March 29, 2013, the 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 re-join the Southern Conference in 2014 and will re-instate football, with operations beginning shortly thereafter and the first class signed in 2014 in preparation for the first game in time for the 2015 season.
Notable former players
Notable alumni include:
|1932||J. Gene McMurray||3||3||1||.500||74||56||18|
|1933||J. Gene McMurray||6||1||2||.778||131||45||86|
|1934||J. Gene McMurray||4||3||1||.562||56||47||9|
|1935||J. Gene McMurray||5||3||0||.625||80||68||12|
|1936||J. Gene McMurray||5||3||0||.625||82||32||50|
|1937||J. Gene McMurray||5||5||0||.500||77||107||-30|
|1938||J. Gene McMurray||6||2||0||.750||112||75||37|
|1939||J. Gene McMurray||5||3||0||.625||61||83||-22|
|1940||J. Gene McMurray||4||4||0||.500||65||61||4|
|1941||J. Gene McMurray||2||5||0||.285||21||85||-64|
|1946||J. Gene McMurray||7||1||0||.875||125||56||69|
|1947||Lloyd T. Roberts||5||4||0||.555||148||130||18|
|1948||Lloyd T. Roberts||6||2||1||.722||98||73||25|
|1949||Lloyd T. Roberts||5||4||0||.555||125||135||-10|
|1950||Lloyd T. Roberts||3||5||1||.389||126||125||1|
|1951||Lloyd T. Roberts||4||5||0||.444||115||148||-33|
|1966||John Robert Bell||3||6||0||.333||112||119||-7|
|1967||John Robert Bell||3||6||1||.350||133||145||-12|
|1968||John Robert Bell||5||5||0||.500||151||170||-19|
|1969||John Robert Bell||10||0||1||.954||219||114||105|
|1970||John Robert Bell||7||1||2||.800||161||81||80|
|1971||John Robert Bell||0||9||1||.050||108||242||-134|
|1972||John Robert Bell||3||7||0||.300||203||221||-18|
|1983||George "Buddy" Sasser||3||8||0||.272||173||178||-5|
|1984||George "Buddy" Sasser||6||5||0||.545||144||167||-23|
- "College Football Data Warehouse". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-06-20.