Texas Southern Tigers football

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Texas Southern Tigers football
2015 Texas Southern Tigers football team
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First season 1947
Head coach Michael Haywood
1st year, 0–0 (–)
Stadium BBVA Compass Stadium
Seating capacity 22,000
Field surface Natural grass
Location Houston, Texas
Conference SWAC
Division West
Colors Maroon and Gray[1]
         
Mascot Tigers
Website tsuball.com

The Texas Southern Tigers are the college football team representing Texas Southern University, a historically black university (HBCU) in Houston. The Tigers play in the NCAA's Division I FCS as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), a conference whose members are all HBCUs. In 2012, the Tigers moved into the new BBVA Compass Stadium, built for the city's Major League Soccer team, the Houston Dynamo. It replaced the Alexander Durley Sports Complex as the home of Tiger football. On December 3, 2015, Houston native Michael Haywood was hired as the Tigers' 16th all-time head coach.[2]

History[edit]

Classifications[edit]

  • 1952–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1952–1969: NAIA
  • 1970–1984: NAIA Division I
  • 1973–1976: NCAA Division II
  • 1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

Labor Day Classic[edit]

The Tigers compete against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M in the Labor Day Classic for the Durley-Nicks Trophy. The popular football rivalry began in 1946 but the classic was created in 1985.

TV Broadcasting[edit]

In August 2015, Texas Southern signed a deal with Root Sports Southwest to televise all home football games. The cable channel broadcasts in five states which helps with recruitment and exposure for the athletic program.[3]

SWAC Champions[edit]

1956, 1964, 1968

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Alumni in the NFL[edit]

Over 60 Texas Southern alumni have played in the NFL or AFL,[4] including:


°° NFL Hall of Fame inductee

2012 NCAA sanctions[edit]

In October 2012, the NCAA found Texas Southern University guilty of massive violations in 13 sports over a seven-year period from 2005 to 2012. The most serious violations occurred within the football and men's basketball programs, involving academic fraud, illicit benefits given to student athletes, lying on the part of coaches, and lying to the NCAA about previously self-imposed sanctions.[5]

Prior to the NCAA's verdict, the school had taken numerous corrective measures—including the April 2011 firing of football coach Johnnie Cole (2010 SWAC Football Coach of the Year) and vacating every game that the Tiger football team had won from 2006 to 2010 - including the 2010 SWAC Championship, their first championship in 42 years.[6]

The NCAA banned TSU's football team from the 2013 and 2014 postseason.[7]

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