1960 Tampa Spartans football team

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1960 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1960 record 2–7–1
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
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The 1960 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1960 college football season. It was the Spartans' 24th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his ninth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of two wins, seven losses and one tie (2–7–1).

After they opened the season at home with a 7–7 tie against Furman, the Spartans lost on the road at Western Carolina and Tennessee.[1][2] After the Spartans won the first game of the season over Elon, they lost to both McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana before they defeated Troy State on homecoming for their second win of the season.[3] The Spartans then closed their season with three consecutive losses against McMurry and Alabama on the road and at home against Appalachian State.[4]


Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 24 Furman* Phillips FieldTampa, FL T 7–7    
October 1 at Western Carolina* Asheville, NC L 8–28    
October 8 at Tennessee* Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN L 7–62   19,945
October 15 Elon* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 21–0    
October 22 McNeese State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–3    
October 28 Southeastern Louisiana* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 12–28    
November 5 Troy State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 22–7    
November 12 at McMurry* Indian Stadium • Abilene, TX L 8–41    
November 19 at No. 18 Alabama* Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 6–34   19,000
November 26 Appalachian State* Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 15–22    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.


  1. ^ "Youthful Tampa battles Furman 7 to 7 draw". The News and Courier. Google News Archives. Associated Press. September 25, 1960. p. 2D. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee overpowers Spartans". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Google News Archives. Associated Press. October 9, 1960. p. 45. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tampa Spartans choice at homecoming tilt". St. Petersburg Times. Google News Archives. Associated Press. November 5, 1960. p. 2C. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Land, Charles (November 20, 1960). "Sluggish Tide rolls over Tampa, 34–6". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. p. 9. Retrieved October 14, 2012.