Dave Roberts (American football)

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Dave Roberts
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1947-02-28) February 28, 1947 (age 70)
Wade Hampton, South Carolina
Playing career
1966–1968 Western Carolina
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972 Eastern Kentucky (assistant)
1973–1978 Davidson (assistant)
1978–1983 Vanderbilt (assistant)
1984–1988 Western Kentucky
1989–1993 Northeast Louisiana
1994–1996 Notre Dame (assistant)
1997–1998 Baylor
1999–2004 South Carolina (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 67–68–3
Tournaments 2–5 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Southland (1990, 1992)

Dave Roberts (born February 28, 1947) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Western Kentucky University (1984–1988), Northeast Louisiana University (1989–1993), and Baylor University (1997–1998), compiling a career college football record of 67–68–3.

Coaching career[edit]

Northeast Louisiana[edit]

Roberts was the eighth head football coach for the Northeast Louisiana Indians (since renamed the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks) located in Monroe, Louisiana and he held that position for five seasons, from 1989 until 1993. His coaching record at Northeast Louisiana was 38–19–2, including a forfeit by Louisiana Tech in 1989.[1]


Roberts was the head football coach at Baylor University from 1997 to 1998. He ignited controversy in 1997 when, after a loss to Texas Tech, he stated in a post-game press conference that he had told his players that "they were about as bad a football team as there is right now in America",[2] drawing the ire of the Baylor faithful. Following the 1998 season, in which the Bears went 2–9 for a second consecutive season, he was fired by athletic director Tom Stanton. Roberts had previously served as the offensive coordinator under Lou Holtz at the University of Notre Dame. After being fired by Baylor he rejoined Holtz as an offensive assistant at the University of South Carolina.

Prior to the 2010 season, Roberts was the only Baylor head football coach other than Grant Teaff to beat the Texas Longhorns since the 1950s, doing so in 1997.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Kentucky (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1984–1988)
1984 Western Kentucky 2–9
1985 Western Kentucky 4–7
1986 Western Kentucky 4–6–1
1987 Western Kentucky 7–4 L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
1988 Western Kentucky 9–4 L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
Western Kentucky: 26–30–1
Northeast Louisiana Indians (Southland Conference) (1989–1993)
1989 Northeast Louisiana 4–6–1 2–3–1 4th
1990 Northeast Louisiana 7–5 5–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
1991 Northeast Louisiana 7–3–1 4–2 3rd
1992 Northeast Louisiana 10–3 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
1993 Northeast Louisiana 9–3 6–1 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA First Round
Northeast Louisiana: 37–20–2 24–7–1
Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (1997–1998)
1997 Baylor 2–9 1–7 6th (South)
1998 Baylor 2–9 1–7 6th (South)
Baylor: 4–18 2–14
Total: 67–68–3


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