Kennesaw State Owls football

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Kennesaw State Owls
2017 Kennesaw State Owls football team
Kennesaw State Owls logo.svg
First season 2015
Athletic director Milton Overton
Head coach Brian Bohannon
3rd season, 26–10 (.722)
Stadium Fifth Third Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 8,318)
Location Kennesaw, Georgia
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Big South Conference
All-time record 24–9 (.727)
Conference titles 1 (2017)
Colors Black and Gold[1]
Fight song The KSU Fight Song
Mascot Scrappy the Owl

The Kennesaw State Owls football represents Kennesaw State University in college football. The team began play in 2015 as a member of the Big South Conference at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level. The head coach of the Owls is Brian Bohannon, and plays at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.


Planning stages (2007–2009)[edit]

Kennesaw State had considered adding an American football team at various points in its history. The school had concluded a feasibility survey which affirmed it would be possible to have Division I football. On November 9, 2007, a survey was administered by the Student Government with 77.6 percent of respondents voting in favor of starting a football program. Participation in the survey was supposed to be restricted to enrolled students only; however, due to a design flaw, anyone could take the survey an unlimited number of times.[2][3][4][5][6]

Building stages (2009–2013)[edit]

In December 2009, KSU President Daniel S. Papp appointed a football exploratory committee headed by legendary University of Georgia coach, Vince Dooley. The committee announced a highly favorable recommendation for the creation of a football program at KSU in a 137-page report[7] on September 15, 2010 in a press conference at the KSU Convocation Center.

KSU athletic director Vaughn Williams stated that KSU was targeting fielding a team for the 2014 season playing at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level formerly known as I-AA.[8] KSU presented its plans for the football program to the State Board of Regents on February 13, 2013, and on February 14, KSU officially announced that the State Board of Regents had accepted their proposal for the football team. The school started the football program with the 2015 season.[9]

KSU is currently affiliated with the Atlantic Sun Conference for sports but since that conference does not sponsor football, the school would have to either play as an independent or find a new conference to join, either for all sports or as a football associate.[10] On September 3, 2013, KSU announced that it will be joining the Big South Conference as a football-only member to begin play in the 2015 season.[11] In 2016, the Atlantic Sun and Big South agreed to an alliance between the two conferences where football-playing schools in both conferences will be part of one Big South conference for the sport. North Alabama, which will join the Atlantic Sun, will become the second such school in the Atlantic Sun under this alliance.

Brian Bohannon is the first football coach at Kennesaw State.[12]

Year-by-year results[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2017–18 college football season
NCAA Division I FCS champions Conference Champions
Year NCAA Division Conference Division Overall Conference Coach Final Ranking
Games Win Loss Pct. Games Win Loss Pct. Standing STATS Coaches'
2015 FCS Big South Conference 11 6 5 .545 6 2 4 .333 T–5th Brian Bohannon
2016 FCS Big South Conference 11 8 3 .727 5 3 2 .600 T–3rd Brian Bohannon
2017 FCS Big South Conference 12 12 2 .909 5 5 0 1.000 1st Brian Bohannon - -

FCS Playoffs results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in the FCS Playoffs one time. Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2017 First Round
Second Round
Jacksonville State
Sam Houston State
W 28–17
W 17–7
L 27–34

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2018 2019 2020 2021
at Georgia State at Kent State at Kent State at Georgia Tech
at Alabama State vs Alabama State at Alabama State
vs Clark Atlanta vs Furman at Missouri State
at Tennessee Tech
vs Jacksonville State University (at SunTrust Park) vs Duquesne


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