Southern Arkansas Muleriders football

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Southern Arkansas Muleriders football
SAU Athletics logo.png
First season 1911
Athletic director Steve Browning
Head coach Bill Keopple
5th year, 21–30–0  (.412)
Home stadium Wilkins Stadium
Stadium capacity 6,000
Stadium surface Turf
Location Magnolia, AR
Conference GAC
All-time record 443–420–30 (.513)
Postseason bowl record 2–1–1 (.625)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 5
Colors

Royal Blue and Old Gold

          
Fight song SAU Fight Song
Mascot Molly Ann
Website Mulerider Athletics

The Southern Arkansas Muleriders football program is a college football team that represents Southern Arkansas University. The team is a member of the Great American Conference, which is in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). Prior to the 2013 season, the program had a record of 437-416-30 (.512) with no national titles, four AIC championships, and one Gulf South Conference championship. The current head coach is Bill Keopple, who is in his fifth year as the 19th head coach of the program. Home games are played on campus at Wilkins Stadium in Magnolia, Arkansas.

2013 season[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
09/05 6:00 Southeastern Oklahoma State #RV Paul Laird Field • Durant, OK L 50-56   2,279
09/14 6:00 East Central Wilkins Stadium • Magnolia, AR W 50-16   4,118
09/21 6:00 #RV Southwestern Oklahoma State Wilkins Stadium • Magnolia, AR W 20-17   4,316
09/28 1:00 Northwestern Oklahoma State Ranger Football Field • Alva, OK W 47-14   685
10/03 7:00 Harding Wilkins Stadium • Magnolia, AR CBS Sports L 14-28   5,529
10/12 6:00 Arkansas Tech Thone Stadium • Russellville, AR L 13-14   6,106
10/19 2:00 Southern Nazarene SNU Football Stadium • Bethany, OK W 66-17   745
11/02 2:30 Ouachita Baptistdagger Wilkins Stadium • Magnolia, AR W 31-23   5,772
11/09 1:00 #4 Henderson State Carpenter-Haygood Stadium • Arkadelphia, AR L 24-66   5,011
11/16 2:00 Arkansas-Monticello Wilkins Stadium • Magnolia, AR (Battle of the Timberlands) W 44-20   3,944
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

History[edit]

Southern Arkansas began playing football in 1911, when the school was known as the Third District Agricultural School. SAU had no conference affiliation until 1930 when it joined the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC), where it stayed until moving up to NCAA Division II and joining the Gulf South Conference in 1995. In 2011, SAU joined with the rest of the Division II Arkansas schools and three Division II Oklahoma schools from the Lone Star Conference to form the Great American Conference. SAU did not field a team from 1937 to 1939, and 1942 to 1945.

SAU has a total of five championships to its name. The first came in 1948 when coach Elmer Smith lead the team to an 8-2 record and an AIC co-championship. Coach Smith would add two outright AIC championships to his resume in 1951 and 1952, when the team went 9-1 and 10-1, respectively. Twenty years later, coach Raymond "Rip" Powell would garner another AIC co-championship with an 8-2 record. It would be a quarter of a century later before the Muleriders would land another conference title. In 1997, coach Steve Roberts and his team were GSC co-champions with a 9-2 record.

Bowl Games[edit]

SAU has played in four bowl games during its history. The first was on December 12, 1947 in the Cajun Bowl, against John McNeese JC. The game ended in a 0-0 deadlock. The next year, on December 3, 1948, SAU played in the Papoose Bowl, defeating Eastern Oklahoma A&M by a score of 41-12. The third was on December 12, this time in 1990, when the Muleriders faced off against the Mexican All-Stars in the Aztec Bowl. SAU came away with the victory, 41-31. Most recently, SAU played in the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl on December 1st, 2012, against McMurry University, dropping the contest 35-36.

Coaches[edit]

Name Games Wins Losses Ties Percent First Year Last Year Years
G.R. Turrentine 35 11 21 3 0.357 1911 1917 7
J.W. Gardner 3 1 1 1 0.500 1918 1918 1
G.W. Bacot 8 8 0 0 1.000 1919 1919 1
A.J. Anderson 16 6 10 0 0.375 1920 1921 2
A.L. Ahrens 8 3 5 0 0.375 1922 1922 1
Sage McLean 117 51 54 12 0.487 1923 1936 14
Arvil Green 18 13 4 1 0.750 1940 1941 2
Elmer Smith 83 54 27 2 0.663 1946 1953 8
Auburn Smith 141 63 76 2 0.454 1954 1968 15
Raymond "Rip" Powell 102 62 38 2 0.618 1969 1978 10
Sam Goodwin 21 9 11 1 0.452 1979 1980 2
Jimmy "Red" Parker 10 7 3 0 0.700 1981 1981 1
Steve Arnett 40 20 18 2 0.525 1982 1985 4
Rob Hicklin 41 13 26 2 0.341 1986 1989 4
Don Tumey 44 22 21 1 0.511 1990 1993 4
Steve Roberts 60 35 24 1 0.592 1994 1999 6
John Bland 10 5 5 0 0.500 2000 2000 1
Steve Quinn 86 39 47 0 0.453 2001 2008 8
Bill Keopple 51 21 30 0 0.412 2009 5

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