East Tennessee State Buccaneers football

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East Tennessee State Buccaneers
2015 East Tennessee State Buccaneers football team
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First season 1920
Athletic director Richard Sander
Head coach Carl Torbush
1st year, 2–9 (.182)
Stadium Kermit Tipton Stadium
Seating capacity 6,600
Field surface Field Turf
Location Johnson City, Tennessee
NCAA division NCAA Division I FCS
Conference Independent
All-time record 335–406–27 (.454)
Bowl record 4–2 (.667)
Colors

Navy Blue and Gold[1]

          
Website ETSUBucs.com
For information on all East Tennessee State University sports, see East Tennessee State Buccaneers

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) located in Johnson City, Tennessee. The team has been dormant since the end of the 2003 season, but is in the process of being reinstated, with the first season of the revived team set for 2015. They will play their home games in 2015 and 2016 at Kermit Tipton Stadium until their new stadium is built in 2017.[2] Before ETSU dropped football, it competed in NCAA Division I as a Southern Conference (SoCon) football program. The revived program will first compete as an independent in 2015, before returning to the SoCon in 2016. The school's first football team was fielded in 1920, and last fielded in 2003 with a revival coming in 2015.[3]

History[edit]

East Tennessee State Normal School fielded its first football team in 1920. Navy blue and old gold, chosen in 1911, were the school colors. The team only played five games that year including two against local high school teams. W.R. Windes was the head coach for the first two seasons. In 1925, the school's name was changed to East Tennessee State Teachers College. The athletic teams were named "The Teachers". John Robinson was the head coach for the next 5 years.

In 1930, the school's name changed again to State Teachers College, Johnson City. In 1932, Gene McMurray was named the head coach. He coached for 10 straight seasons until the school stopped playing due to World War II. He came back to coach the team in 1946. His winning percentage during his 11 seasons was the highest in the history of Buc football. During his tenure, the team won the Smoky Mountain Conference Championship (1938) and the team's name changed to the "Buccaneers" (1935).

In 1943, the school's name changed to East Tennessee State College. In 1952, Star Wood became head coach. He led the team for 13 seasons from 1952-1953 and 1955-1965. Coach Wood tops the list of total wins with 64. East Tennessee State College joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 1957.

In 1963, the college gained university status to become East Tennessee State University. Coach John Robert Bell led the team to a 10-0-1 record in 1969. They won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and defeated Louisiana Tech, led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in the Grantland Rice Bowl. The Memorial Center opened in 1977 and was nicknamed the "Mini-Dome". The football team played their homes games indoors until the program was discontinued. In 1978, ETSU joined the Southern Conference.

In 1996, the ETSU football team led by Coach Mike Cavan had a record of 10-3 and participated for the first time in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, defeating Villanova in a first round game.

In 2003, ETSU decided to discontinue the football team due to financial reasons. The last game was played at home on Nov. 22, 2003 against The Citadel. ETSU won the game 16-13 with a last second field goal. The school further left the Southern Conference. [4]

On January 29, 2013, the Student Government Association voted 22-5 to a $125 per semester fee increase that would fund the re-instatement of the football program. University President Dr. Brian Noland, who was in attendance for the vote, said that fee would be sufficient to support football and Title IX requirements that support additional women’s athletics. Noland crafted a football proposal to submit to the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). The Regents passed it in March 2013.[5]

On March 29, 2013, the TBR approved a $125 fee increase to reinstate football at ETSU. It has also become widely known across the campus that the Mini-Dome will not be the host of the home games. ETSU will build a brand new football stadium to play host to all of its home games. On May 30, 2013, ETSU accepted an invitation to re-join the Southern Conference in 2014 and will re-instate football, with operations beginning shortly thereafter and the first class signed in 2014 in preparation for the first game in time for the 2015 season.[6]

The Carl Torbush Era[edit]

Veteran coach Carl Torbush was chosen to helm the building of the program, and signed the first class in 2014 in preparation for the 2015 season debut in the Southern Conference.[7] In 2015 and at least 2016, the Bucs will play at Kermit Tipton Stadium/Steve Spurrier Field located on the campus of Science Hill High School in Johnson City.[2] It was announced on February 6, 2015 that ETSU would play Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on September 8, 2018, the first meeting between the two schools. ETSU will receive a $500,000 payment for the game.[8] The Carl Torbush Era will begin on September 3, 2015 as the Bucs take on the Kennesaw State Owls. On July 15, 2015, it was announced that the first game against Kennesaw State and the homecoming game against Emory & Henry had sold out, and that standing-only tickets were then available.[9] Torbush and the fledgling Bucs finished the 2015 season with a 2-9 record, including two wins over Warner and Kentucky Wesleyan.

Conference history[edit]

Classifications[edit]

  • 1952–1956: NAIA
  • 1957–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1976: NCAA Division II
  • 1978–2003: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
  • 2004–2014: No team
  • 2015–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

The Buccaneers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs one time with an overall record of 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1996 First Round
Quarterfinals
Villanova
Montana
W 35–29
L 14–44

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results[edit]

Year Coach Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
1920 W.R. Windes 3 2 0 .600 18 85 -67
1921 W.R. Windes 4 3 0 .571 95 137 -42
1922 J.K. Luck 6 3 0 .667 142 152 -10
1923 J.K. Luck 3 6 0 .333 105 343 -238
1924 J.K. Luck 3 4 1 .437 79 158 -79
1925 John Robinson 3 4 0 .428 57 109 -52
1926 John Robinson 3 4 1 .437 65 163 -98
1927 John Robinson 1 7 0 .125 26 162 -136
1928 John Robinson 4 3 0 .571 65 113 -48
1929 John Robinson 2 5 1 .312 31 116 -85
1930 J.S. Batey 0 7 0 .000 13 161 -148
1931 J.S. Batey 1 4 2 .285 42 106 -64
1932 J. Gene McMurray 3 3 1 .500 74 56 18
1933 J. Gene McMurray 6 1 2 .778 131 45 86
1934 J. Gene McMurray 4 3 1 .562 56 47 9
1935 J. Gene McMurray 5 3 0 .625 80 68 12
1936 J. Gene McMurray 5 3 0 .625 82 32 50
1937 J. Gene McMurray 5 5 0 .500 77 107 -30
1938 J. Gene McMurray 6 2 0 .750 112 75 37
1939 J. Gene McMurray 5 3 0 .625 61 83 -22
1940 J. Gene McMurray 4 4 0 .500 65 61 4
1941 J. Gene McMurray 2 5 0 .285 21 85 -64
1946 J. Gene McMurray 7 1 0 .875 125 56 69
1947 Lloyd T. Roberts 5 4 0 .555 148 130 18
1948 Lloyd T. Roberts 6 2 1 .722 98 73 25
1949 Lloyd T. Roberts 5 4 0 .555 125 135 -10
1950 Lloyd T. Roberts 3 5 1 .389 126 125 1
1951 Lloyd T. Roberts 4 5 0 .444 115 148 -33
1952 Star Wood 5 2 2 .667 188 125 63
1953 Star Wood 5 4 0 .555 220 164 56
1954 Hal Littleford 5 4 1 .550 165 160 5
1955 Star Wood 6 3 1 .650 145 111 34
1956 Star Wood 4 5 0 .444 108 133 -25
1957 Star Wood 5 6 0 .454 160 151 9
1958 Star Wood 5 4 0 .555 133 120 13
1959 Star Wood 6 3 0 .667 135 119 16
1960 Star Wood 3 4 2 .444 126 120 6
1961 Star Wood 3 7 0 .300 136 214 -78
1962 Star Wood 7 3 0 .700 182 102 80
1963 Star Wood 7 2 0 .777 167 121 46
1964 Star Wood 5 5 0 .500 135 139 -4
1965 Star Wood 2 6 1 .277 129 208 -79
1966 John Robert Bell 3 6 0 .333 112 119 -7
1967 John Robert Bell 3 6 1 .350 133 145 -12
1968 John Robert Bell 5 5 0 .500 151 170 -19
1969 John Robert Bell 10 0 1 .954 219 114 105
1970 John Robert Bell 7 1 2 .800 161 81 80
1971 John Robert Bell 0 9 1 .050 108 242 -134
1972 John Robert Bell 3 7 0 .300 203 221 -18
1973 Roy Frazier 4 7 0 .363 244 263 -19
1974 Roy Frazier 4 6 1 .409 125 152 -27
1975 Roy Frazier 2 8 1 .227 157 239 -82
1976 Roy Frazier 3 7 0 .300 112 204 -92
1977 Roy Frazier 3 8 0 .272 233 356 -123
1978 Jack Carlisle 4 7 0 .363 230 272 -42
1979 Jack Carlisle 7 4 0 .636 278 150 128
1980 Jack Carlisle 2 9 0 .181 144 250 -106
1981 Jack Carlisle 6 5 0 .545 191 242 -51
1982 Jack Carlisle 2 9 0 .181 123 217 -94
1983 George "Buddy" Sasser 3 8 0 .272 173 178 -5
1984 George "Buddy" Sasser 6 5 0 .545 144 167 -23
1985 Mike Ayers 0 10 1 .045 150 271 -121
1986 Mike Ayers 6 5 0 .545 264 266 -2
1987 Mike Ayers 5 6 0 .454 232 244 -12
1988 Don Riley 3 8 0 .272 180 363 -183
1989 Don Riley 4 7 0 .363 218 325 -107
1990 Don Riley 2 9 0 .181 240 330 -90
1991 Don Riley 1 10 0 .090 183 396 -213
1992 Mike Cavan 5 6 0 .454 219 313 -94
1993 Mike Cavan 5 6 0 .454 213 222 -9
1994 Mike Cavan 6 5 0 .545 306 266 40
1995 Mike Cavan 4 7 0 .363 224 305 -81
1996 Mike Cavan 10 3 0 .769 378 286 92
1997 Paul Hamilton 7 4 0 .636 340 242 98
1998 Paul Hamilton 4 7 0 .363 269 340 -71
1999 Paul Hamilton 6 5 0 .545 272 251 21
2000 Paul Hamilton 6 5 0 .545 282 267 15
2001 Paul Hamilton 6 5 0 .545 193 226 -33
2002 Paul Hamilton 4 8 0 .333 167 286 -119
2003 Paul Hamilton 5 7 0 .416 270 233 37
2015 Carl Torbush 2 9 0 .182 180 416 -236
Total 335 406 27 .454 12384 14748 -2364

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Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
at Kennesaw State at Tennessee
West Virginia Wesleyan
Cumberland

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