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Lamar Cardinals football
2014 Lamar Cardinals football team
Cardlogo.png
First season 1923
Athletic director Jason Henderson
Head coach Ray Woodard
5th year, 26–32–0 (.448)
Home stadium Provost Umphrey Stadium
Field W. S. Bud Leonard Field
Stadium capacity 16,000
Stadium surface Hellas Matrix Turf[1]
Location Beaumont, Texas
Conference Southland
All-time record 197–257–9 (.435)
Postseason bowl record 1–1 (.500)
Conference titles 5 (1957T, 1964, 1965, 1966T, 1971T)
Colors

Red and White

          
Fight song Cardinals Fight!
Mascot Cardinal
Marching band The Showcase of Southeast Texas
Rivals McNeese State
Louisiana–Lafayette
Sam Houston State
Website Lamar Cardinals

The Lamar Cardinals football program represents Lamar University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) level. The Cardinals are members of the Southland Conference and play their home games in the 16,000 seat Provost Umphrey Stadium.[2] The team's head coach is Ray Woodard.

History[edit]

The Early Years[edit]

From its inception as South Park Junior College in 1923, football was a part of Lamar's history. It was discontinued in 1928 because of a lack of common opponents but was revived again in 1932 by the renamed Lamar College. Coach John Gray led his charges to records of 8-1 that season and 8-1-1 in 1934 before the program was discontinued again in 1942 and did not resume again until the end of World War II. Football was restored in 1946 and the first football scholarships were offered. In the 1946 season Lamar posted an 8-2 ledger. The 1948 club (8-4-0) won two bowl games, and the 1949 outfit won an all time school record 10 games and another bowl trophy as the school bade farewell to the junior college era.

After the school moved up to the NAIA level in the Lone Star Conference, the Cardinals didn’t have a winning season until a superb 8-0-2 season in 1957 ignited a string of 11 consecutive winning campaigns. The 1961 team advanced to the Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) against Middle Tennessee State on December 29, 1961, and won 21-14.

Just as the Cardinals were becoming a perennial contender in the Lone Star loop, school officials moved the athletic program forward into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college division ranks in 1963 via the Southland Conference. The football team enjoyed immediate success with three straight SLC grid titles (1964–66). In 1964 the Cardinals were invited to the Pecan Bowl after a 6-3-1 campaign. The Cardinals lost 19-17 to Northern Iowa. The Cardinals had a second-place finish in 1967. A year later, the school’s athletic program embarked on another challenge by upgrading to the NCAA Division I level.[3]

Lamar averaged 12,000 patrons through 1974, drawing a then record 16,226 against arch-rival McNeese State to Cardinal Stadium in 1972. The transition to Division I proved to be a spark for many LU sports but football experienced a downturn after 1974. Fans responded when new coach Larry Kennan delivered a 6-3-2 club in 1979; Games against Louisiana Tech (17,600) and West Texas State (17,250) rank second and third, respectively, behind the standing-room-only 18,500 Baylor drew for the 1980 opener. Lamar set an all-time attendance record by averaging 16,380 that season. The Cardinals’ signature win came on September 5, 1981, in an 18-17 win over the UPI #20 ranked Baylor Bears under Head Coach Larry Kennan.

Football went independent when Lamar left the SLC in 1987 to join the basketball-flavored American South Conference.

Disbandment and reintroduction[edit]

Dismal support finally led to larger-than-expected deficits and provided the bottom line fodder for five new appointees to the then-Lamar University System board of regents to pull the plug on football at their first official session in 1989 (5 to 4 vote). Now a member of the Texas State University System, the university brought the football team back, fielding a club in 2010 in part by a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Dan Smith former Chairman and CEO of Lyondell Chemical. [4] In preparation for the return of play the University did extensive work on the facilities including, Provost Umphrey Stadium, a new 54,000 sq ft Athletic complex,[5] and seven high class suites built into the existing Montagne Center,[6] new field turf,[7] and a new 26' X 51' video board.[8] The university hired former NFL player Ray Woodard as the head coach to lead the charge in bringing the Cardinals back to the gridiron. Former Basketball Coach Billy Tubbs was hired as the Athletic Director in 2006 and had a significant role in bringing back the Cardinals football team.

The football program, discontinued at the end of the 1989 season, was restarted with its first season back in 2010. The team competed as an independent that year. The first conference competition following the restart was in 2011.

Division history[edit]

Years Division
1923-1926 National Junior College Athletic Association
1927-1931 Football not a sponsored sport
1932-1942 National Junior College Athletic Association
1943-1945 Football not a sponsored sport - World War II
1946-1950 National Junior College Athletic Association
1951-1962 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
1963-1972 NCAA College Division (Small College)
1973-1977 NCAA Division I (University)
1978-1981 NCAA Division I-A
1982-1989 NCAA Division I-AA
1990-2009 Football not a sponsored sport
2010-Present NCAA Division I-AA

Early Years Reference: [9]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Years Conference
1923-1926 Independent
1927-1931 Football not a sponsored sport
1932-1942 Independent
1943-1945 Football not a sponsored sport - World War II
1946-1950 Southwestern Junior College Conference
1951-1962 Lone Star Conference
1963-1986 Southland Conference
1987-1989 Division I-AA Independent
1990-2009 Football not a sponsored sport
2010-present Southland Conference

Seasons[edit]

This listing includes only the seasons Lamar competed as a four year college beginning with the 1951 season.

Conference Champions * Bowl game berth ^
Season Head coach Conference Season results Bowl result
Conference finish Wins Losses Ties Notes
Lamar Cardinals
1951 Stan Lambert Lone Star 5th 4 6 0
1952 Lone Star 5th 2 7 0
1953 J. B. Higgins Lone Star 4th 3 7 0
1954 Lone Star 6th 3 7 0
1955 Lone Star 4th 4 6 0
1956 Lone Star 5th 4 4 1
1957 * Lone Star 1st T 8 0 2
1958 Lone Star 2nd T 6 2 0
1959 Lone Star 3rd T 8 3 0
1960 Lone Star 2nd T 8 4 0
1961 Lone Star 3rd 8 2 1 Won 1961 Tangerine Bowl vs Middle Tennessee State, 21–14 ^
1962 Lone Star 4th 7 3 0
1963 Vernon Glass Independent - 5 4 0
1964 * Southland Conference 1st 6 3 1 Lost 1964 Pecan Bowl vs Northern Iowa, 17–19 ^
1965 * Southland Conference 1st 6 4 0
1966 * Southland Conference 1st T 6 4 0
1967 Southland Conference 2nd 7 3 0
1968 Southland Conference 5th 0 10 0
1969 Southland Conference 5th 3 7 0
1970 Southland Conference 2nd 3 7 0
1971 * Southland Conference 1st T 5 6 0
1972 Southland Conference 3rd T 8 3 0
1973 Southland Conference 2nd T 5 5 0
1974 Southland Conference 2nd 8 2 0
1975 Southland Conference 6th 1 10 0
1976 Bob Frederick Southland Conference 6th 2 9 0
1977 Southland Conference 6th 2 9 0
1978 Southland Conference 6th 2 8 1
1979 Larry Kennan Southland Conference 3rd 6 3 2
1980 Southland Conference 5th 3 8 0
1981 Southland Conference 5th 4 6 1
1982 Ken Stephens Southland Conference 5th T 4 7 0
1983 Southland Conference 7th 2 9 0
1984 Southland Conference 6th T 2 9 0
1985 Southland Conference 7th 3 8 0
1986 Ray Alborn Southland Conference 6th 2 9 0
1987 Independent - 3 8 0
1988 Independent - 3 8 0
1989 Independent - 5 5 0
2010 Ray Woodard Independent - 5 6 0
2011 Southland Conference 6th 4 7 0
2012 Southland Conference 7th 4 8 0
2013 Southland Conference 6th 5 7 0
2014 Southland Conference 3rd T 8 4 0
Total 196 256 9 (only includes regular season games)
1 1 0 (only includes bowl games)
197 257 9 (all games)
References:[10][11][12]

Bowl history[edit]

The Cardinals participated in two NCAA College Division level bowl games. The team won the first and lost the second one.

Year Bowl Date Opponent Result
Bowl History
1961 Tangerine Bowl December 16, 1961 Middle Tennessee W 21-14[13]
1964 Pecan Bowl December 12, 1964 Northern Iowa L 17-19[14]

Attendance[edit]

Highest attendance[edit]

Source:[15]

Below is a list of the Cardinals best-attended home games (all at Provost Umphrey Stadium).

Rk. Date Opponent Attendance
Highest attendance
1 September 13, 1980 Baylor 18,500
2 September 22, 1979 Louisiana Tech 17,600
3 October 9, 2010 Langston University 17,306
4 October 6, 1979 West Texas State 17,250
5 September 17, 1977 Louisiana-Lafayette 17,222
6 October 2, 2010 Sam Houston State 17,187

As of the 2013-14 season.

Yearly attendance[edit]

Below is the Cardinals' home attendance since program reinstatement.

Season Average High
Lamar Cardinals
2014[16] 8,347 10,212
2013[17] 8,379 10,738
2012[18] 11,119 15,367
2011[19] 14,442 15,367
2010[20] 16,078 17,306

As of the 2014-15 season.

Rivalries[edit]

McNeese State Cowboys[edit]

The two teams have met 33 times on the football field, with McNeese State currently holding a 23–9–1 edge in the all time series. The rivalry has been expanded from football to head-to-head competition in all sports under a joint agreement with the two universities and Verizon Wireless.[21]

McNeese State–Lamar: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting Lamar wins Lamar losses Ties Win %
32 November 10, 1951 (lost 7-13) November 22, 2014 (won 27-24) 9 23 1 28.3%

Inactive rivalry[edit]

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

Main article: Sabine Shoe

The first Sabine Shoe trophy was first awarded in 1937 to the winner of the SLI–Lamar football game.[22] The name of the bronze rivalry trophy was derived from the Sabine River that forms the Texas-Louisiana border. USL defeated Lamar in the 1978 edition of the rivalry game, but the Ragin' Cajuns were not awarded the trophy as it had vanished.[23] The Sabine Shoe trophy now sits in at trophy case in the Ragin' Cajun Athletic Complex.

UL Lafayette–Lamar: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting Lamar wins Lamar losses Ties Win %
34 October 27, 1923 (lost 16–19) September 1, 2012 (lost 0–40) 11 23 0 32.4%

Future scheduled out of conference games[edit]

Future Out of Conference Games
Year Home Games Neutral Games Away Games
2015 Baylor
2016 Houston
2017 Wyoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/060909aaa.html
  2. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/lama-m-footbl-body.html
  3. ^ http://advancement.lamar.edu/Websites/lamar/Images/Cardinal%20Cadence%20PDFs/LR_cadence_vol361.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/genrel/032009aaa.html
  5. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/facilities/facilities-ath-complex.html
  6. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/050610aaa.html
  7. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/060909aaa.html
  8. ^ http://www.daktronics.com/Company/NewsReleases/Pages/LamarUniversity.aspx
  9. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/6-3-1.pdf
  10. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/6-3-1.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2012-2013/teamstat.html
  12. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2013-2014/teamstat.html
  13. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1961-bowls.html
  14. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1964/12/13/iowa-team-tops-lamar-tech-1917.html
  15. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/6-3-1.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2014-2015/teamcume.html
  17. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2013-2014/teamstat.html
  18. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2012-2013/teamstat.html
  19. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2011-2012/teamstat.html
  20. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2010-2011/teamstat.html
  21. ^ http://www.lamarcardinals.com/genrel/011409aaa.html
  22. ^ "Tribal lore". The Sporting News. 1997. 
  23. ^ "The Week". CNN. October 9, 1978. 

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