NCAA Football-Conference USA – History and Team Facts
The Conference USA was founded in 1995 by the fusion of the Metro Conference and Great Midwest Conference. The conference instantaneously began competition in all sports, excluding football which started in 1996. The offices are located in the Las Colinas at Irving, Texas.
Last season 2012, Tulsa was the conference championship by defeating the Central Florida Knights 33–27. This was its second Conference USA championship in their history.
For this 2013 Conference USA football season will be played from August 2013 through January 2014. The 2013 football season marks the 19th season of the conference’s existence and 18th of football season.
The current Conference USA is divided in two divisions, the east and the west. The east division is comprised by East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and UAB. On the other hand, the west division is embraced by Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA.
This season 2013-2014 the favorite to win the Conference USA title for many is Tulsa as they are the defeated champions; however things could change depending on the other team’s rosters this season.
Here are some history and facts of each of the current members of the C-USA:
The East Carolina Pirates football team represents East Carolina University, which is based in Greenville, North Carolina. The Pirates were founded in 1932, plays their home games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and its current coach is Ruffin McNeill.
The Pirates have won seven conference championships and eight bowl games. The Pirates have 20 All-Americans over its history and have an all-time record of 390-357-11 (.522).
The Florida Atlantic University football team began play in 2001 and has had only one head coach, Howard Schnellenberger. However in 2012 he was replaced by Carl Pelini. The university is based in Boca Raton, Florida and plays its home games at FAU Stadium. The FAU football team completed eight-season in the Sun Belt Conference in 2012 but for the season 2013 FAU will be joining the Conference USA.
The FAU have an all-time record of 58–74 (.439) and in its short history they just have obtain 1 conference title.
The FIU Panthers football team represents the Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The first season of the Panthers was in 2002. FIU football team plays the home games at the on-campus FIU Stadium and their current coach is Ron Turner. In July 2013, the Panthers will begin competing in Conference USA after leaving the Sun Belt Conference. In the short history of the Panthers, they have won just 1 conference title and have acquired an all-time record of 39-79(.331).
The Marshall University football team has their first season in 1895 and the campus is based in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall plays its home games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, which seats 38,019 and its current coach is Doc Holliday.
The Thundering Herd has an impressive 118-19 overall record at Joan C. Edwards’s stadium for a winning percentage of .866. Also Marshall is a football school with some impressive history success, winning 12 conference titles (1925, 1928, 1931, 1937, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002), as well as I-AA National Championships in 1992 and 1996 and I-AA finalists in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1995.
The Middle Tennessee State University is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and its football team is represented by the Blue Raiders. Its first season was held in 1911 and in the present they play their home games at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, which has a capacity of 31,000. The Blue Raiders coach is Rick Stockstill and its athletic director is Chris Massaro.
The Blue Raiders haven’t won any conference and division titles in their history but have a decent all-time record of 500–358–28 (.580).
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles represent The University of Southern Mississippi in the football field at the Conference USA. The university is based in Hattiesburg, MS and the team play their home games at M.M. Roberts Stadium, which is named “The Rock”. The Golden Eagles’ current coach is Todd Monken.
During their history, the Golden Eagles have won 8 conference titles, have achieved 2 national titles in 1958 and 1962 and have played 22 Bowl Games.
The origins of football at UAB begin in 1991. UAB Blazers football team plays its home games at Legion Field, which is located off-campus in Birmingham, Alabama. The existing head coach of the UAB Blazers is Garrick McGee and its athletic director is Brian Mackin.
In the Blazers’ history they haven’t won any conference and division titles, however they have a decent all-time record of 107–128–2 (.456).
The Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs are based in Ruston, Louisiana. Their first football season was held in 1901. The Bulldogs are coached by Skip Holtz and since 1968 the Bulldogs have played their home games at Joe Aillet Stadium.
During all their football seasons, the Bulldogs have won 3 Division II national championships, have won 25 conference championships, and have played in 21 postseason games including 6 major bowl games. Moreover, Louisiana Tech has compiled an all-time record of 571 wins, 430 losses, and 37 ties.
The University of North Texas Mean Green competes in football since 1913. The campus is located in Denton, Texas and currently plays its home games at Apogee Stadium. Their current instructor is its third year head coach Dan McCarney, who has a record with the team of 9–15 (.375)
After competing in the Sun Belt Conference from 2001 and 2012, the Mean Green will join Conference USA for their 2013 season. The Mean Green has attained 25 conference championships, including four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships.
The Rice Owls football team represents Rice University, which is situated in Houston, Texas. The Owls plays currently at the Rice Stadium, which was built in 1950. Their presently coach is David Bailiff, who is been with the Owls for 4 seasons.
Throughout the Owls history, they have won 7 Conference titles and have played in 10 Bowl Games. Their current all-time record is of 428–548–32 (.440).
Tulane’s earliest athletic traditions are tied to its football team. The first Green Wave Tulane football season was held in 1893 and their campus is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Green Wave football team is currently coached by Curtis Johnson and plays its home games off-campus in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In 2011, Tulane University announced it would build a new on-campus stadium for the 2014 season.
During their history, the Green Wave has played 11 Bowl Games and has won 9 Conference titles (SIAA in 1920, SoCon in 1925,1929,1930,1931, SEC titles in 1934, 1939, 1949 and C-USA in 1998).
The University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricane football team was founded in 1895 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa is currently coached by first-year head coach Bill Blankenship. The Golden Hurricane plays their home games at the Skelly Field at H.A.Chapman Stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000.
The Golden Hurricane has played 19 Bowl Games and currently has an all-time record 597–453–27 (.567).
The UTEP Miners football program is a college football team that represents the University of Texas at El Paso, which is situated in El Paso, Texas. Their first season was held in 1914 and currently plays their home games at the Sun Bowl Stadium. The UTEP Miners is coached by Sean Kugler, who is on his first season with the Miners after replacing the retired head coach Mike Price.
During their history, the Miners have attained 2 Conference Championships and have currently an all-time record of 298–473–18 (.389). UTEP has also played 13 Bowl Games, in which they have a record of 5–8.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is located in San Antonio, Texas. The UTSA Roadrunners football team has its first season in 2011. The team is coached by former Miami Hurricanes head coach, Larry Coker and presently plays at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, which also serves as home to the Alamo Bowl.
During the short period of the UTSA Roadrunners history, the team has a record of 12–10 (.545). In the 2012 season have a descent one however; due to being a transitional FBS member, UTSA was not eligible for a bowl.
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