Howard Bison football

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Howard Bison
2014 Howard Bison football team
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First season 1893
Head coach Gary Harrell
2nd year, 5–6 (.455)
Home stadium Greene Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 10,000
Stadium surface Natural grass
Location Washington, D.C.
Conference MEAC
All-time record 488–451–41 (.519)
Postseason bowl record 1–2 (.333)
Playoff appearances 1
Playoff record 0-1
Claimed national titles 5
Conference titles 3
Colors

Red and Blue

          
Mascot Bison
Website howard-bison.com

The Howard Bison are the college football team representing the Howard University. The Bison play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

History[edit]

Yearly Results[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Charles Cook (Independent) (1893–1900)
1893 Charles Cook 2-0
1894 Charles Cook 0-1-1
1895 Charles Cook 4-1-1
1896 No Team
1897 Charles Cook 5-0
1898 No Team
1899 Charles Cook 3-0
1900 Charles Cook 2-0-1
Charles Cook: 16-2-3
"Cap" Washington (Independent) (1901–1906)
1901 "Cap" Washington 4-0
1902 "Cap" Washington 1-0
1903 "Cap" Washington 2-0
1904 "Cap" Washington 1-1-1
1905 "Cap" Washington 1-1
1906 "Cap" Washington 2-1-2
"Cap" Washington: 11-3-3
"Heine" Bullock (Independent) (1907–1907)
1907 "Heine" Bullock 3-1
"Heine" Bullock: 3-1
Merton Robinson (1st stint) (Independent) (1908–1908)
1908 Merton Robinson 5-1-1
Merton Robinson: 5-1-1
Ernest Marshall (Independent) (1909–1911)
1909 Ernest Marshall 4-0
1910 Ernest Marshall 5-0
1911 Ernest Marshall 3-0-1
Ernest Marshall (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1912–1916)
1912 Ernest Marshall 5-0 2-0 1st
1913 Ernest Marshall 3-1-1 2-1 2nd
1914 Ernest Marshall 4-1 1-0 1st
1915 Ernest Marshall 2-1 1-1
1916 Ernest Marshall 5-1-2 1-1
Ernest Marshall: 31-4-4 7-3
W.H. Beckett (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1917–1917)
1917 W.H. Beckett 0-4 0-2 4th
W.H. Beckett: 0-4 0-2
Merton Robinson (2nd stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1918–1919)
1918 Merton Robinson 0-3 0-2
1919 Merton Robinson 3-0-3 2-0-1
Merton Robinson: 3-3-3 2-2-1
Edward Morrison (1st stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1920–1922)
1920 Edward Morrison 7-0 4-0 1st
1921 Edward Morrison 7-1 3-0
1922 Edward Morrison 4-2 1-1
Edward Morrison: 18-3 8-1
Louis L. Watson (1st stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1923–1923)
1923 Louis L. Watson 7-0-1 2-0
Louis L. Watson: 7-0-1 2-0
Edward Morrison (2nd stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1924–1924)
1924 Edward Morrison 1-2-3
Edward Morrison: 1-2-3
Louis L. Watson (2nd stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1923–1923)
1925 Louis L. Watson 6-0-2
1926 Louis L. Watson 7-0
1927 Louis L. Watson 3-3-2
Louis L. Watson: 16-3-4
Edward Morrison (3rd stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1928–1928)
1928 Edward Morrison 6-1-2
Edward Morrison: 6-1-2
Thomas Verdell (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1929–1933)
1929 Thomas Verdell 0-7-2
1930 Thomas Verdell 4-3-1
1931 Thomas Verdell 3-5
1932 Thomas Verdell 4-4
1933 Thomas Verdell 3-5 L Florida A&M Orange Blossom Classic
Thomas Verdell: 14-24-3
Charles West (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1934–1935)
1934 Charles West 4-2-2
1935 Charles West 3-6
Charles West: 7-8-2
Harry R. Payne (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1936–1940)
1936 Harry R. Payne 1-6
1937 Harry R. Payne 2-5-1
1938 Harry R. Payne 4-5
1939 Harry R. Payne 2-6
1940 Harry R. Payne 1-7
Harry R. Payne: 10-29-1
James Rowland (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1941–1942)
1941 James Rowland 3-3
1942 James Rowland 1-4-2
James Rowland: 4-7-2
1943 No Team Due to WW2
James Chambers (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1944–1944)
1944 James Chambers 1-4
James Chambers: 1-4
Coach Unknown (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1945–1945)
1945 Coach Unknown 4-4
Edward L. Jackson (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1946–1952)
1946 Edward L. Jackson 6-3
1947 Edward L. Jackson 6-2-1
1948 Edward L. Jackson 7-2
1949 Edward L. Jackson 6-3
1950 Edward L. Jackson 5-4
1951 Edward L. Jackson 5-4
1952 Edward L. Jackson 6-2-1
Edward L. Jackson: 41-20-2
Thomas F. Johnson (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1953–1956)
1953 Thomas F. Johnson 3-5-1
1954 Thomas F. Johnson 2-6-1
1955 Thomas F. Johnson 3-6
1956 Thomas F. Johnson 4-5
Thomas F. Johnson: 12-22-2
Robert M. White (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1957–1961)
1957 Robert M. White 3-7
1958 Robert M. White 6-2-1
1959 Robert M. White 3-5
1960 Robert M. White 4-4
1961 Robert M. White 1-8
Robert M. White: 17-25-1
Tillman R. Sease (1st stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1962–1968)
1962 Tillman R. Sease 1-8
1963 Tillman R. Sease 4-5
1964 Tillman R. Sease 8-2
1965 Tillman R. Sease 5-3
1966 Tillman R. Sease 4-4
1967 Tillman R. Sease 2-6
1968 Tillman R. Sease 3-5
Tillman R. Sease: 27-33
John Organ (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1969–1969)
1969 John Organ 3-6
John Organ: 3-6
Tillman R. Sease (2nd stint) (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (1970–1970)
1970 Tillman R. Sease 7-2
Tillman R. Sease (2nd stint) (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1971–1972)
1971 Tillman R. Sease 4-5
1972 Tillman R. Sease 6-4
Tillman R. Sease: 17-11
Edmund Wyche (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1973–1973)
1973 Edmund Wyche 8-2
Edmund Wyche: 8-2
Douglas Porter (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1974–1978)
1974 Douglas Porter 8-2-1 L Florida A&M Orange Blossom Classic
1975 Douglas Porter 8-3
1976 Douglas Porter 5-5-1
1977 Douglas Porter 5-5
1978 Douglas Porter 4-6
Douglas Porter: 30-21-2
Floyd Keith (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1979–1982)
1979 Floyd Keith 5-6
1980 Floyd Keith 6-2-2
1981 Floyd Keith 6-4
1982 Floyd Keith 6-5
Floyd Keith: 23-17-2
Joe Taylor (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1983–1983)
1983 Joe Taylor 1-9
Joe Taylor: 1-9
Willie Jeffries (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1984–1988)
1984 Willie Jeffries 2-8
1985 Willie Jeffries 4-7
1986 Willie Jeffries 8-3
1987 Willie Jeffries 0-10[A]
1988 Willie Jeffries 7-4
Willie Jeffries: 21-32
Steve Wilson (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (1989–2001)
1989 Steve Wilson 8-3
1990 Steve Wilson 6-5
1991 Steve Wilson 2-9
1992 Steve Wilson 7-4
1993 Steve Wilson 11-1 L Marshall NCAA Division I-AA First Round
1994 Steve Wilson 4-7
1995 Steve Wilson 6-5
1996 Steve Wilson 10-2 W Southern Heritage Bowl
1997 Steve Wilson 7-4
1998 Steve Wilson 7-4
1999 Steve Wilson 5-6
2000 Steve Wilson 3-8
2001 Steve Wilson 2-9
Steve Wilson: 78-67
Rayford T. Petty (1st stint) (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2002–2006)
2002 Rayford T. Petty 6-5 4-4 6th
2003 Rayford T. Petty 4-7 2-5 6th
2004 Rayford T. Petty 6-5 3-4 5th
2005 Rayford T. Petty 4-7 1-7 8th
2006 Rayford T. Petty 5-6 4-4 5th
Rayford T. Petty: 25-30 14-24
Carey Bailey (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2007–2010)
2007 Carey Bailey 4-7 2-6 7th
2008 Carey Bailey 1-10 0-8 9th
2009 Carey Bailey 2-9 0-8 9th
2010 Carey Bailey 1-10 0-8 11th
Carey Bailey: 8-36 2-30
Gary Harrell (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2011–2012)
2011 Gary Harrell 5-6 4-4 6th
2012 Gary Harrell 7-4 6-2 2nd
Gary Harrell: 12-10 10-6
Rayford T. Petty (2nd sting) (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2013–2013)
2013 Rayford T. Petty 6-6 4-4 6th
Rayford T. Petty[B]: 6-6 4-4
Total: 488-451-41
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Post 1996 rankings from final Sports Network poll.

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Year Coach Record Championship
1920 Edward Morrison 7-0 Black College National Champions
1925 Louis L. Watson 6-0-1 Black College National Champions
1926 Louis L. Watson 7-0 Black College National Champions
1993 Steve Wilson 11-1 Black College National Champions
1996 Steve Wilson 10-2 Black College National Champions
Total national championships 5

Conference championships[edit]

Year Coach Conference Conference Record
1912 Ernest Marshall Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association 2-0
1914 Ernest Marshall Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association 1-0
1993 Steve Wilson Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 6-0
Total conference championships 3

See Note A

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Alumni in the NFL[edit]

Over 20 Howard alumni have played in the NFL,[1] including:

Notes[edit]

A.^ Howard went 8-2 and won the MEAC championship in 1987, however a later investigation by Howard University and the NCAA found that coach Willie Jeffries used ineligible players. All wins from the 1987 season were vacated and the MEAC Championship was transferred to Delaware State, who had been the runner-up.
B.^ Rayford Petty was an assistant coach under Gary Harrell in 2011 and 2012. Gary Harrell stepped away from coaching Howard for the 2013 season for personal reasons, but remained under contract as the head coach to return in 2014. Rayford Petty was promoted to head coach for the 2013 season only, in a temporary role.

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