Tennessee State Tigers football

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Tennessee State Tigers
2014 Tennessee State Tigers football team
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First season 1912
Athletic director Teresa Phillips
Head coach Rod Reed
4th year, 16–17 (.485)
Other staff Mike Jones (OC)
Osita Alaribe (co-DC)
Justin Roberts (co-DC)
Home stadium LP Field
Year built 1999
Stadium capacity 69,143
Stadium surface Tifsport Bermuda Sod
Location Nashville, Tennessee
League NCAA Division I FCS
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
Past conferences Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1926-1929), Midwestern Conference (1945-1966)
All-time record 534–271–33 (.657)
Postseason bowl record 8–1–1 (.850)
Playoff appearances 6
Playoff record 3-5
Claimed national titles 11 Black College National Championships, 1973 Division 2 National Championship
Conference titles 16
Colors

Royal Blue and White

          
Website TSUTigers.com

The Tennessee State Tigers are the college football team representing the Tennessee State University. The Tigers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

History[edit]

Under Rod Reed[edit]

Season All Games Regular Season Conference Post-Season Play Sports Network Poll Ranking Coaches Poll Ranking
2010 3–8 3–8 0–7
2011 5–6 5–6 4–4
2012 8–3 8–3 4–3
2013 10–4 9–3 6–2 1-1 #17 #17

Yearly records[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Buck Hunt (Independent) (1916–1916)
1916 Buck Hunt 0-0-1
Buck Hunt: 0-0-1
Joe Scruggs (Independent) (1922–1924)
1922 Joe Scruggs 1-1
1923 Joe Scruggs 2-1
1924 Joe Scruggs 4-1-1
Joe Scruggs: 7-3-1
George Davenport (Independent) (1925–1925)
1925 George Davenport 4-1-1
George Davenport (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1926–1926)
1926 George Davenport 1-2-2
George Davenport: 5-3-3
Felton Gale (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1927–1927)
1927 Felton Gale 1-2-3 1-1-2
Felton Gale: 1-2-3 1-1-2
Harry Long (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1928–1928)
1928 Harry Long 0-4-1 0-4-1
Harry Long: 0-4-1 0-4-1
Alton Jackson (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1929–1929)
1929 Alton Jackson 3-2-1 2-1
Alton Jackson: 3-2-1 2-1
T.D. Upshaw (Independent) (1930–1931)
1930 T.D. Upshaw 2-3
1931 T.D. Upshaw 1-1
T.D. Upshaw: 3-4
No Coach (Independent) (1932–1932)
1932 No Coach 0-2
Walter S. Davis (Independent) (1933–1936)
1933 Walter S. Davis 5-0-1
1934 Walter S. Davis 6-1
1935 Walter S. Davis 5-3-1
1936 Walter S. Davis 3-3-2
Walter S. Davis: 19-7-4
Reubin A. Munday (Independent) (1937–1939)
1937 Reubin A. Munday 3-1-1
1938 Reubin A. Munday 6-1
1939 Reubin A. Munday 4-3-1
Reubin A. Munday: 13-5-2
Coach Unknown (Independent) (1940–1940)
1940 unknown 1-0
Coach Unknown: 1-0
Henry A. Kean (Independent) (1944–1944)
1944 Henry A. Kean 8-2-1
Henry A. Kean (Midwestern Conference) (1945–1954)
1945 Henry A. Kean 9-2 3-0 1st W Tuskegee University Vulcan Bowl
1946 Henry A. Kean 10-1 3-0 1st W Texas College Vulcan Bowl
1947 Henry A. Kean 10-0 3-0 1st W Louisville Municipal Vulcan Bowl
1948 Henry A. Kean 5-3-1
1949 Henry A. Kean 9-1 4-0 1st
1950 Henry A. Kean 9-2
1951 Henry A. Kean 8-2
1952 Henry A. Kean 8-2
1953 Henry A. Kean 8-0
1954 Henry A. Kean 10-1 4-0 1st L North Carolina Central National Classic
Henry A. Kean: 94-16-2
Howard C. Gentry (Midwestern Conference) (1955–1960)
1955 Howard C. Gentry 7-2
1956 Howard C. Gentry 10-0 4-0 1st W Florida A&M Orange Blossom Classic
1957 Howard C. Gentry 5-0-1 3-0 1st
1958 Howard C. Gentry 4-4
1959 Howard C. Gentry 9-1 3-0 1st
1960 Howard C. Gentry 7-3 3-0 1st
Howard C. Gentry: 42-10-1
Lawrence E. Simmons (Midwestern Conference) (1961–1962)
1961 Lawrence E. Simmons 4–4–1
1962 Lawrence E. Simmons 1–7–1
Lawrence E. Simmons: 5–11–2
John A. Merritt (Midwestern Conference) (1963–1966)
1963 John A. Merritt 6–3 3–0 1st
1964 John A. Merritt 8–2 3–0 1st
1965 John A. Merritt 9–0–1 2–0 1st T Ball State Grantland Rice Bowl
1966 John A. Merritt 10–0 2–0 1st W Muskingum University Grantland Rice Bowl
John A. Merritt (Independent) (1967–1972)
1967 John A. Merritt 6–3
1968 John A. Merritt 6–2–1
1969 John A. Merritt 7–1–1
1970 John A. Merritt 11–0 W Southwestern Louisiana Grantland Rice Bowl
1971 John A. Merritt 9–1 W McNeese State Grantland Rice Bowl
1972 John A. Merritt 11–1 W Drake University Pioneer Bowl
John A. Merritt (Division II Independent) (1973–1976)
1973 John A. Merritt 10–0
1974 John A. Merritt 8–2
1975 John A. Merritt 5–4
1976 John A. Merritt 7–2–1
John A. Merritt (Division I Independent) (1977)
1977 John A. Merritt 8–1–1
John A. Merritt (Division I-A Independent) (1978–1980)
1978 John A. Merritt 8–3
1979 John A. Merritt 8–3
1980 John A. Merritt 9–1
John A. Merritt (Division I-AA Independent) (1981–1983)
1981 John A. Merritt 9–3 L South Carolina State NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
1982 John A. Merritt 10–1–1 L Eastern Kentucky NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
1983 John A. Merritt 8–2–1
John A. Merritt: 173–35–7 10–0
William A. Thomas (Division I-AA Independent) (1984–1987)
1984 William A. Thomas 11–0
1985 William A. Thomas 7–4
1986 William A. Thomas 10–2–1 L Nevada NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
1987 William A. Thomas 3–7–1
William A. Thomas (Ohio Valley Conference) (1988)
1988 William A. Thomas 3–7–1 2–4 T–4th
William A. Thomas: 34–20–3 2–4
Joe Gilliam, Sr. (Ohio Valley Conference) (1989–1992)
1989 Joe Gilliam, Sr. 5–5–1 3–3 T–3rd
1990 Joe Gilliam, Sr. 7–4 4–2 3rd
1991 Joe Gilliam, Sr. 3–8 2–5 T–6th
1992 Joe Gilliam, Sr. 5–6 5–3 4th
Joe Gilliam, Sr.: 20–23–1 14–13
Bill Davis (Ohio Valley Conference) (1993–1995)
1993 Bill Davis 4–7 4–4 T–4th
1994 Bill Davis 5–6 4–4 T–4th
1995 Bill Davis 2–9 1–7 T–8th
Bill Davis: 11–22 9–15
L. C. Cole (Ohio Valley Conference) (1996–1999)
1996 L. C. Cole 4–7 3–5 T–6th
1997 L. C. Cole 4–7 4–3 T–4th
1998 L. C. Cole 9–3 6–1 1st L Appalachian State NCAA Division I-AA First Round 12
1999 L. C. Cole 11–1 7–0 1st L North Carolina A&T NCAA Division I-AA First Round 11
L. C. Cole: 28–18 20–9
James Reese (Ohio Valley Conference) (2000–2004)
2000 James Reese 3–8 2–5 6th
2001 James Reese 8–3 3–3 4th
2002 James Reese 2–10 1–5 6th
2003 James Reese 7–5 5–3 T–3rd
2004 James Reese 4–7 2–5 8th
James Reese: 24–33 13–21
James Webster (Ohio Valley Conference) (2005–2009)
2005 James Webster 2–9 1–6 8th
2006 James Webster 6–5 5–2 3rd
2007 James Webster 5–6 4–3 5th
2008 James Webster 8–4 5–3 4th
2009 James Webster 4–7 3–4 5th
James Webster: 25–31 18–18
Rod Reed (Ohio Valley Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Rod Reed 3–8 0–7 9th
2011 Rod Reed 5–6 4–4 T–5th
2012 Rod Reed 8–3 4–3 5th
2013 Rod Reed 10–4 6–2 2nd L Eastern Illinois NCAA FCS Second Round 19
Rod Reed: 26–21 14–16
Total: 534–272–33
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Post 1996 rankings from final Sports Network poll.

Championships[edit]

National Championships[edit]

Year Coach Record Championship
1946 Henry A. Kean 10–1 Black College National Champions
1947 Henry A. Kean 10–0 Black College National Champions
1954 Henry A. Kean 10–1 Black College National Champions
1956 Howard C. Gentry 10–0 Black College National Champions
1965 John A. Merritt 9–0-1 Black College National Champions
1966 John A. Merritt 10–0 Black College National Champions
1970 John A. Merritt 11–0 Black College National Champions
1971 John A. Merritt 9-1 Black College National Champions
1973 John A. Merritt 10–0 AP & UPI NCAA Division II National Champions
1973 John A. Merritt 10–0 Black College National Champions
1979 John A. Merritt 8-3 Black College National Champions
1982 John A. Merritt 10–1-1 Black College National Champions
2013 Rod Reed 10–4 Black College National Champions
Total national championships 13

Conference Championships[edit]

Year Coach Conference Conference Record
1945 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 3–0
1946 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 3–0
1947 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 3–0
1949 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 4–0
1954 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 4–0
1956 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 4–0
1957 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 3–0
1959 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 3–0
1960 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 3–0
1961 Lawrence E. Simmons Midwestern Conference 3–0
1963 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 3–0
1964 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 3–0
1965 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 2–0
1966 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 2–0
1998 Lawrence C. Cole Ohio Valley Conference 6-1
1999 Lawrence C. Cole Ohio Valley Conference 7-0
Total conference championships 16

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Score Date Season Opponent Stadium Location Attendance Head Coach
Vulcan Bowl W 12-7 January 1, 1945 1944 Tuskegee University Rickwood Field Birmingham, Alabama Henry Kean
Vulcan Bowl W 33-6 January 1, 1946 1945 Texas College Rickwood Field Birmingham, Alabama Henry Kean
Vulcan Bowl W 32-0 January 1, 1947 1946 Louisville Municipal College Rickwood Field Birmingham, Alabama Henry Kean
National Classic L 19-6 December 4, 1954 1954 North Carolina College Greensboro, North Carolina Henry Kean
Orange Blossom Classic W 41-39 December 1, 1956 1956 Florida A&M University Orange Bowl Miami, Florida Howard C. Gentry
Grantland Rice Bowl T 14-14 December 11, 1965 1965 Ball State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee 12,000[1] John Merritt
Grantland Rice Bowl W 34-7 December 10, 1966 1966 Muskingum University Murfreesboro, Tennessee John Merritt
Grantland Rice Bowl W 26-25 December 12, 1970 1970 Southwestern Louisiana BREC Memorial Stadium Baton Rouge, Louisiana John Merritt
Grantland Rice Bowl W 26-23 December 11, 1971 1971 McNeese State University BREC Memorial Stadium Baton Rouge, Louisiana John Merritt
Pioneer Bowl W 29-7 December 10, 1972 1972 Drake University Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, Texas John Merritt
Total bowl appearances 10

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Alumni in the NFL[edit]

Over 100 Tennessee State alumni have played in the NFL,[2] including:

References[edit]

External links[edit]