List of William & Mary Tribe football seasons

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Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field has been the home field for the Tribe since 1935.

The William & Mary Tribe college football team competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA), representing the College of William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association. William & Mary has played its home games at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Virginia since 1935.[1]

William & Mary fielded its first intercollegiate football team during the 1893 season.[2] Between 1896 and 1908 the team's nickname was "Orange and White," derived from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold).[3] Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916.[3] Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games.[3] This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial.[3] Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[3]

Throughout its history, William & Mary has been a member of six different athletic conferences.[4] Three of these—the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Virginia Conference and Yankee Conference—are now defunct.[5][6][7] The Tribe's membership as a Southern Conference school is its longest tenure with one conference; they had a 40-year membership between 1936 and 1976.[4] William & Mary's current league, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), has only been a football conference since 2007.[8] The CAA began competing in football as a result of the Atlantic 10 Conference's disbanding of the sport following the 2006 season. The A-10's remaining football schools joined the CAA football conference to continue competing in the sport. For all intents and purposes, including the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, the A-10 football conference became the present-day CAA football conference.

Through the 2014 season, William & Mary has earned 11 I-AA/FCS playoff berths.[9] In two of these years (1988 and 1992) the Tribe has declined the bid, opting instead to play in the Epson Ivy Bowl, which was a short-lived college football bowl game played in Japan against a team composed of Japanese all-stars.[9][10] The Epson Ivy Bowl is not recognized by the NCAA as an official game and therefore does not count towards official win/loss records. In the playoffs, William & Mary has reached the national semifinals two times (2004 and 2009), and in each of those seasons won a program record 11 wins.[11][12] Previously in the Tribe's history they have also earned three postseason bowl game appearances, compiling one win and two losses.[9] There have also been 11 conference championships and one division championship; four of the conference titles and the lone division title have been won under current head coach Jimmye Laycock, who has been the head coach since 1980.[13][14]

Seasons[edit]

Legend

     Conference champions
     Division champions
     ^ Bowl game berth
     * Playoff berth

List of William & Mary Tribe football seasons
Season Team Head coach[13] Conference Division Regular season results[15] Postseason results Final ranking[16]
Conference Overall Bowl game/Playoff result[17] NCAA / TSN Poll[a] AP / Coaches' Poll[b]
Finish Win Loss Tie Win Loss Tie
William & Mary Tribe
1893 1893 No coach Independent 2 1 0
1894 1894 John W. Wright 0 1 0
1895 No team
1896 1896 Bill Armstrong Independent 0 2 0
1897 1897 W. J. King 0 1 0
1898 1898 1 1 0
1899 1899 William H. Burke 2 3 0
1900 1900 W. J. King 1 2 0
1901 1901 No coach 2 1 1
1902 1902 1 1 1
1903 1903 H. J. Davall 1 3 0
1904 1904 J. Merrill Blanchard 3 3 0
1905 1905 2 4 1
1906 1906 H. W. Withers 2 6 0
1907 1907 James H. Barry SAIAA 0 2 0 6 3 0
1908 1908 George E. O'Hearn 1 2 0 4 6 1
1909 1909 1 1 0 6 4 0
1910 1910 J. Merrill Blanchard 1 1 0 1 7 1
1911 1911 William J. Young Independent 1 5 2
1912 1912 0 7 0
1913 1913 Dexter W. Draper 0 5 1
1914 1914 1 7 0
1915 1915 0 9 1
1916 1916 Samuel H. Hubbard 2 5 2
1917 1917 Herbert J. Young 3 5 0
1918 1918 Vernon Geddy 0 2 0
1919 1919 James G. Driver 2 6 1
1920 1920 Dexter W. Draper 4 5 0
1921 1921 Bill Fincher 4 3 1
1922 1922 Bill Ingram 6 3 0
1923 1923 J. Wilder Tasker 6 3 0
1924 1924 5 2 1
1925 1925 6 4 0
1926 1926 7 3 0
1927 1927 4 5 1
1928 1928 Branch Bocock 6 3 2
1929 1929 8 2 0
1930 1930 7 2 1
1931 1931 John Kellison 5 2 2
1932 1932 Virginia 4 1 0 8 4 0
1933 1933 T–1st 2 1 0 6 5 0
1934 1934 T–1st 2 1 0 2 6 0
1935 1935 Thomas Dowler 1st 1 1 1 3 4 2
1936 1936 Branch Bocock Southern 15th 0 5 0 1 8 0
1937 1937 13th 1 3 0 4 5 0
1938 1938 15th 0 4 0 3 7 0
1939 1939 Carl M. Voyles 8th 1 1 1 6 2 1
1940 1940 4th 2 1 1 6 2 1
1941 1941 4th 4 1 0 8 2 0
1942 1942 1st 4 0 0 9 1 1 14 / —
1943 No team fielded due to World War II
1944 1944 Rube McCray Southern 5th 2 1 1 5 2 1
1945 1945 3rd 4 2 0 6 3 0
1946 1946 2nd 7 1 0 8 2 0
1947 1947 1st 7 1 0 9 2 0 14 / —
1948 1948 4th 5 1 1 7 2 2 Lost Dixie Bowl^ 17 / —
1949 1949 5th 4 2 0 6 4 0 Won Delta Bowl^
1950 1950 10th 3 3 0 4 7 0
1951 1951 Marvin Bass T–3rd 5 1 0 7 3 0
1952 1952 4th 4 1 0 4 5 0
1953 1953 Jack Freeman 4th 3 2 0 5 4 1
1954 1954 7th 1 2 2 4 2 2
1955 1955 8th 1 3 1 1 7 1
1956 1956 10th 0 5 0 0 9 1
1957 1957 T–5th 2 4 0 4 6 0
1958 1958 Milt Drewer 9th 1 4 1 2 6 1
1959 1959 7th 4 3 0 4 6 0
1960 1960 8th 1 6 0 2 8 0
1961 1961 9th 1 6 0 1 9 0
1962 1962 4th 4 3 1 4 5 1
1963 1963 5th 4 5 0 4 6 0
1964 1964 Marv Levy T–4th 4 3 0 4 6 0
1965 1965 2nd 5 1 0 6 4 0
1966 1966 T–1st 4 1 1 5 4 1
1967 1967 4th 2 2 1 5 4 1
1968 1968 T–3rd 2 2 0 3 7 0
1969 1969 4th 2 2 0 3 7 0
1970 1970 Lou Holtz 1st 3 1 0 5 7 0 Lost Tangerine Bowl^
1971 1971 2nd 3 1 0 5 6 0
1972 1972 Jim Root 3rd 4 2 0 5 6 0
1973 1973 3rd 3 2 0 6 5 0
1974 1974 6th 2 3 0 4 7 0
1975 1975 5th 2 3 0 2 9 0
1976 1976 2nd 3 1 0 7 4 0
1977 1977 Independent 6 5 0
1978 1978 5 5 1
1979 1979 4 7 0
1980 1980 Jimmye Laycock 2 9 0
1981 1981 5 6 0
1982 1982 3 8 0
1983 1983 6 5 0
1984 1984 6 5 0
1985 1985 7 4 0 16 / —
1986 1986 9 3 0 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – First Round* 8 / —
1987 1987 5 7 0
1988 1988 6 4 1 Declined bid to NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
Won Epson Ivy Bowl^
1989 1989 8 3 1 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – First Round* 10 / —
1990 1990 10 3 0 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – Quarterfinals* 7 / —
1991 1991 5 6 0
1992 1992 9 2 0 Declined bid to NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
Won Epson Ivy Bowl^
13 / —
1993 1993 Yankee Mid-Atlantic 2nd 7 1 0 9 3 0 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – First Round* — / 10
1994 1994 T–2nd 6 2 0 8 3 0 — / 19
1995 1995 T–4th 5 3 0 7 4 0 — / 19
1996 1996 1st 7 1 - 10 3 -[c] NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – Quarterfinals* — / 7
1997 1997 Atlantic 10 T–5th 4 4 - 7 4 -
1998 1998 T–4th 4 4 - 7 4 - — / 16
1999 1999 T–4th 5 3 - 6 5 -
2000 2000 T–4th 4 4 - 5 6 -
2001 2001 T–1st 7 2 - 8 4 - NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – First Round* — / 17
2002 2002 5th 5 4 - 6 5 -
2003 2003 6th 4 4 - 5 5 -
2004 2004 T–1st 7 1 - 11 3 - NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs – Semifinals* — / 3
2005 2005 T–6th 3 5 - 5 6 -
2006 2006 T–6th 1 7 - 3 8 -
2007 2007 CAA South T–5th 2 6 - 4 7 -
2008 2008 T–3rd 5 3 - 7 4 - — / 20
2009 2009 T–3rd 6 2 - 11 3 - NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs – Semifinals* — / 6 — / T–3
2010 2010 T–1st 6 2 - 8 4 - NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs – Second Round* — / 10 — / 8
2011 2011 7th 3 5 - 5 6 -
2012 2012 9th 1 7 - 2 9 -
2013 2013 T–5th 4 4 - 7 5 -
2014 2014 5th 4 4 - 7 5 -

Notes[edit]

  • a Since the 1978 split in divisions, the NCAA, or more recently, The Sports Network Poll has been the major poll at the FCS level.
  • b The FCS Coaches' Poll was introduced in 2007. Therefore, polls for prior seasons do not exist.
  • c Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.[18]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ "William & Mary 1850–1899". History. The College of William & Mary. 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Samuels, E. Benjamin (September 16, 2011). "25 and Counting". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "Virginia Conference". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "CAA Football Announces 2007 Schedule" (Press release). CAAsports.com. Colonial Athletic Association. April 19, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "2011 Football Media Guide". The College of William & Mary. August 8, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Miller, Skip (January 6, 1989). "Japanese Banking On Wild Offense". Daily Press. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
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  13. ^ a b DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex (2012). "William & Mary Game Yearly Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex. "William & Mary in the Polls". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ DeLassus, David; Noel, Tex. "William & Mary Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ "NCAA Football 2011 and 2012 Rules and Interpretations" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012.