Missouri Southern Lions football

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Missouri Southern Lions football
Missouri Southern football logo.png
First season 1968 (1968)
Athletic director Jared Bruggeman
Head coach Joe Bettasso (interim)
1st season, 0–0 (–)
Stadium Fred G. Hughes Stadium
(Capacity: 7,000)
Year built 1975
Field surface SpinTurf
Location Joplin, Missouri
NCAA division Division II
Conference The MIAA
Past conferences Central States Intercollegiate Conference
All-time record 231–270–7 (.462)
Claimed nat'l titles 1 (1972)
Conference titles 2 (1976, 1993)
Rivalries Pittsburg State
Colors Green and Gold[1]
         
Fight song Southern Fight Song
Mascot Roary the Lion
Marching band Lion Pride Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Website www.mssulions.com

The Missouri Southern Lions football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Missouri Southern State University located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The team competes in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The team plays its home games at the 7,000 seat Fred G. Hughes Stadium in Joplin, Missouri. Joe Bettasso became the Lions' interim head coach on September 18, 2018, replacing Denver Johnson,[2] who replaced Daryl Daye, who resigned after the 2014 season to take over as the defensive coordinator at Northwestern State.[3][4]

History[edit]

The Lions football program began in 1968. Their first head coach was Jim Johnson. Under coach Jim Frazier the Lions won the 1972 NAIA Division II football championship.[3]

Conferences[edit]

From its inaugural season in 1968 until 1975, Missouri Southern played as an independent program. In 1976, it joined the Central States Intercollegiate Conference in which the school won one conference championships before leaving to play as an NCAA Division II member of the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (later renamed Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) in 1989, where the Lions have since remained a member and have won one conference championship.

Championships[edit]

National championship seasons[edit]

[5]

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1972 Jim Frazier NAIA Division II Playoffs 12–0 Won NAIA Championship
National Championships 1

Conference championship seasons[edit]

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1976† Central States Intercollegiate Conference Jim Frazier 8–2 4–1
1993 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Jon Lantz 9–1–1 9–0
Total Conference championships: 2
† Denotes co-champions

All-time record vs. current MIAA teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current MIAA opponents as of the end of the 2015 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting
Central Missouri 15 22 2 .410 Lost 4 1973
Central Oklahoma 2 4 0 .333 Lost 4 2012
Emporia State 21 22 4 .489 Lost 6 1970
Fort Hays State 1 5 0 .167 Lost 5 2012
Lindenwood 1 4 0 .200 Lost 3 2012
Missouri Western 22 26 0 .458 Lost 5 1970
Nebraska–Kearney 8 9 0 .471 Lost 1 1977
Northeastern State 7 14 0 .333 Lost 2 1968
Northwest Missouri State 4 25 0 .138 Lost 23 1989
Pittsburg State 10 39 1 .210 Lost 4 1968
Washburn 20 25 1 .446 Lost 3 1970
Totals 123 205 5 .377

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSSU Brand Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Football Coach Denver Johnson Steps Down". Missouri Southern State University. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Missouri Southern State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  4. ^ "Daryl Daye resigns to take Division I job". mssulions.com. 2015-02-19. Archived from the original on 2015-03-28. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  5. ^ DeLassus, David (2014). "Missouri Southern State Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-08-19.

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