UTSA Roadrunners football

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UTSA Roadrunners
2014 UTSA Roadrunners football team
UTSARoadrunners.PNG
First season 2011
Athletic director Lynn Hickey
Head coach Larry Coker
4th year, 23–23 (.500)
Home stadium Alamodome
Year built 1993
Stadium capacity 65,000 (expandable to 72,000)
Stadium surface SportField
Location San Antonio, Texas
League NCAA Division I FBS
Conference C-USA
Division West
All-time record 23–23 (.500)
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Colors

Orange and Blue

          
Fight song Go Roadrunners, Go!
Mascot Rowdy
Marching band "The Spirit Of San Antonio" (SOSA)
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Texas State Bobcats
Website GoUTSA.com

UTSA Roadrunners Football is an American football program that represents the University of Texas at San Antonio. The team is currently coached by Larry Coker. UTSA is a member of Conference USA of the football bowl subdivision in all sports, having joined July 1st, 2013. UTSA began practicing in August 2010, and began competing as an NCAA Division I FCS independent on September 3, 2011.[1][2] Prior to joining C-USA, UTSA was a member of the Western Athletic Conference for one year.[3] UTSA was a member of the WAC from 2012 to 2013, and began their transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The team plays its home games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, which also serves as home to the Alamo Bowl. In April 2012, it was announced that UTSA would join Conference USA on July 1, 2013, following its approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents to allow the school to accept an invitation, negotiate and finalize terms with the league.[4][5] UTSA was FBS transitional in 2012 and 2013, and became a bowl eligible full FBS member in 2014.

History[edit]

Start-up and organization (2006–2010)[edit]

In February 2006, the University of Texas at San Antonio approached Carr Sports Associates, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study and make recommendations to the university regarding an expansion of the athletics department.[6] In November of that year, UTSA was given the final results of that study.[7] Following the recommendations of CSA, the university facilitated a student referendum in September 2007 to gauge support for a fee increase.[8][9] Nearly 66% of student voters supported the fee increase.

In December 2008, after the approval of the UTSA administration, the university presented the University of Texas System Board of Regents with a long-term plan that followed the feasibility study recommendations to build an $84 million athletic complex and the fee increase for their approval.[10] It was approved by the board soon thereafter.[2]

In January 2009, UTSA launched a campaign to raise money for the program dubbed the "Step Up UTSA" initiative.[11] With a goal of $15 million USD, the campaign is meant to help fund coaches salaries, player scholarships, and construction of practice fields.

On February 4, 2009, former Miami head coach Larry Coker announced he had applied for the head coaching job.[12] Later that month it was announced that Coker along with Tulsa's co-defensive coordinator Paul Randolph and Mel Tjeerdsma, head coach from Northwest Missouri State were the finalists for the position.[13] On March 5, 2009, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Larry Coker, who had won the 2001 national championship as head coach of the Hurricanes, had earned the position.[14] The next day Coker was officially announced as the Roadrunners' first head football coach in a press conference.[15] On April 22, 2009, Coker announced the addition of Mike Menefee, Eric Roark, and David Ross to the roster as assistant football coaches.[16]

On June 4, 2009 UTSA unveiled the team's inaugural helmet design.[17] The design was done by Ohio-based Rickabaugh Graphics, and had final approval by Coker. On January 20, 2010, the program announced the hiring of Travis Bush as offensive coordinator.[18] Bush had previously worked in the same capacity for his alma mater, Texas State.

Although plans for conference and subdivision affiliation were unclear, Lynn Hickey, UTSA's athletic director had strongly hinted at plans for UTSA to join their current conference, the Southland Conference (a member of the Division I FCS subdivision) in September 2009.[19] However in late January 2010, Hickey stated that the football program would attempt to join the Division I FBS subdivision by 2014 instead, citing an overall disappointment for previous plans. This entailed UTSA joining the subdivision as an independent until finding admission to a conference.

On February 3, 2010, National Signing Day, UTSA officially announced their inaugural signing class.[20] The twenty-seven students consisted mainly of incoming freshmen, including two transfer students who were currently sophomores at the university. Seven of the student athletes were considered all-state performers from their high school careers. The class was heavily recruited from the Greater San Antonio area, as fourteen players were from such area high schools. Each player for the inaugural class was redshirted during the 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season.[21]

On March 16, 2010 UTSA announced Neal Neathery as defensive coordinator for the team. Neathery had last served in the same position for Drake.[22]

In an effort to move the program to the FBS, UTSA had discussions with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) about joining that conference after they lost Boise State to the Mountain West Conference during the summer of 2010.[23]

In July 2010, the Northside Independent School District announced a three-year agreement that allowed UTSA to use Dub Farris Athletic Complex for practice.[24] On September 15, 2010, UTSA held its first-ever practice at the stadium.[25]

On November 10, 2010, it was reported that the WAC had offered UTSA, along with fellow Southland conference member Texas State and Sun Belt Conference member Denver an invitation to join its conference that would take effect in 2012.[26] Denver would join as a non-football school. Such an invitation was an effort to offset the departures of Boise State, Fresno State, and Nevada to the Mountain West Conference during the early stages of the 2010–13 NCAA conference realignment. The following day, UTSA announced it had accepted the invitation.[27]

Larry Coker era (2011–present)[edit]

UTSA's inaugural football game

UTSA played its first game against Northeastern State on September 3, 2011 at the Alamodome. With attendance of 56,743, UTSA set a record for the highest-attended game for an NCAA Division I FCS start-up program.[28] UTSA finished their first season with a record of 4–6, and set a record for the largest average home attendance for a new football program with 35,521.[29] This topped the previous record from South Florida of 33,038 in 1997.

UTSA followed up its initial campaign with an 8–4 second season as an FBS transitional member, including going 3–3 in the WAC. UTSA closed out its season with a 38–31 win over rival Texas State before an announced crowd of 39,032 at the Alamodome. For the 2012 season, UTSA averaged 29,226 in attendance. Due to being a transitional FBS member, UTSA was not eligible for a bowl.

In its third campaign, UTSA played a full schedule of FBS opponents. In their second year of 2 transitional FBS seasons, UTSA was eligible for the C-USA championship. UTSA was only eligible for a bowl under certain criteria, such as if there were not enough bowl eligible teams. UTSA counted as an FBS opponent for bowl eligibility in 2013, and becomes fully bowl eligible in 2014. UTSA opened the 2013 season with a victory on the road against MWC member New Mexico, before losing at home to Big 12 member Oklahoma State before an announced crowd of 40,977. For the season, despite being picked last in the preseason media poll, UTSA finished at 7-5 overall, with a 6-2 record in conference, and averaged 29,214 in attendance. UTSA finished second in the West division, behind Rice. As a second year FBS transition team, UTSA however, was not selected for a bowl.

In UTSA's 4th year of play, UTSA opened with a 27-7 win over Houston in the opening of new TDECU Stadium. UTSA, however, finished with a disappointing 4-8 overall record and 3-5 in conference play. For the season, UTSA averaged 27,576 fans per game, including a season high of 33,472 against Arizona.

Year-by-year results[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013-14 college football season
NCAA Division I FBS champions NCAA Division I FCS champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl Eligible Undefeated Season
Season Overall Conference Ranking Postseason Head Coach
Subdivision GP W L T Pct. Conf. Div. GP W L T Pct. Standing AP Coaches'
2011 FCS 10 4 6 0 .400 Independent N/A 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Larry Coker
2012 FBS 12 8 4 0 .667 WAC N/A 6 3 3 0 .500 4th of 7 Larry Coker
2013 FBS 12 7 5 0 .583 C-USA West 8 6 2 0 .750 2nd of 7 Larry Coker
2014 FBS 12 4 8 0 .333 C-USA West 8 3 5 0 .375 4th of 6 Larry Coker
2015 FBS C-USA West Larry Coker
Totals 46 23 23 0 .500 22 12 10 0 .545

All-time record vs. CUSA teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Charlotte (joining in 2015) 0 0 0 - - -
Florida Atlantic 0 1 0 .000 Lost 1 2014 2014
FIU 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2014 2014
Louisiana Tech 1 2 0 .333 Lost 1 2012 2014
Marshall 0 1 0 .000 Lost 1 2013 2013
Middle Tennessee 0 0 0 - - -
North Texas 2 0 0 1.000 Won 2 2013 2014
Old Dominion 0 0 0 - - -
Rice 0 3 0 .000 Lost 3 2012 2014
Southern Miss 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2014 2014
UAB 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2013 2013
UTEP 1 1 0 .500 Lost 1 2013 2014
Western Kentucky 0 1 0 .000 Lost 1 2014 2014
Totals 7 9 0 .438

Rivals[edit]

Texas State[edit]

UTSA and Texas State faced off for the first time in the football continuation of the I-35 Rivalry between the two schools in the Alamodome November 24, 2012. The Roadrunners won the game against the Bobcats by a score of 38 to 31 and, thus hold an 1 - 0 advantage to in the series. The future of the rivalry was in question, as Texas State moved to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013 and UTSA moved to Conference USA. However, in 2014 it was announced by both schools that the rivalry will resume in 2017. An 8 game home and home agreement had been reached with 4 games each at the Alamodome and Bobcat stadium.

Future opponents[edit]

Out of conference [30]
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Home Colorado State Arizona State Texas State Texas State Texas State Texas State
Kansas State Baylor
Away Arizona Colorado State Baylor Kansas State Baylor Texas State Texas State Texas State
Oklahoma State Texas A&M Texas State Arizona State Texas A&M

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