Southern Arkansas Muleriders football
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|Southern Arkansas Muleriders football|
|Athletic director||Steve Browning|
|Head coach||Bill Keopple
5th year, 21–30–0 (.412)
|Home stadium||Wilkins Stadium|
|All-time record||443–420–30 (.513)|
|Postseason bowl record||2–1–1 (.625)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
Royal Blue and Old Gold
|Fight song||SAU Fight Song|
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.
|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 Baptist||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. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
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.
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.
|Name||Games||Wins||Losses||Ties||Percent||First Year||Last Year||Years|
|Raymond "Rip" Powell||102||62||38||2||0.618||1969||1978||10|
|Jimmy "Red" Parker||10||7||3||0||0.700||1981||1981||1|