Dayton Flyers football
The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Daytons first football team was fielded in 1905, the team plays its home games at the 11,000 seat Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The Flyers are coached by Rick Chamberlin, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Gruden, Graduated in 1985. Former head coach of Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, chuck Noll, Cleveland Browns player, and 4x Super Bowl winning coach for Steelers. Dayton has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, the Flyers defeated Ithaca, 63–0 in the 1980 championship game, and defeated Union 17–7 in the 1989 championship game. The Flyers were unsuccessful in three championship game appearances, losing 17–10 to Widener in 1981, 19–3 to Wagner in 1987. From 2001–2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions, as winners of the Pioneer Football Leagues North Division, Dayton has made two appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2001 and 2002.
They played in the Gridiron Classic in 2007 against Northeast Conference opponent Albany, Dayton has made one appearance in the FCS playoffs
Memphis Tigers football
The Memphis Tigers football team represents the University of Memphis in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Tigers currently play in the American Athletic Conference as an all-sports member and they play home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mike Norvell is the coach, as he was formally introduced on December 4,2015. Since their inaugural season in 1912, the Memphis Tigers have won over 450 games, the program has claimed 5 conference championships with the most recent title coming in 2015 as a member of the American Athletic Conference. West Tennessee State Normal School first fielded a team in 1912. The team was coached by Clyde Wilson, in 1922, Lester Barnard was the Tigers head coach. His team compiled a 5–2–2 record, from 1937 to 1938, Allyn McKeen coached the Tigers, compiling a 13–6 record. His 1938 team went undefeated at 10–0, McKeen departed the Tigers after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Mississippi State and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1991.
West Tennessee State Teachers College changed its name to Memphis State College in 1941, the Tigers did not field a football team from 1943–1945 due to the events surrounding World War II. Billy Murphy served as football coach for the Tigers for fourteen seasons. Murphys 1963 team was the schools first undefeated team in twenty-five years, the team finished ranked #14 in the UPI Coaches Poll, the highest final ranking in school history. Murphy retired after the 1971 season, fred Pancoast came to Memphis from his post as offensive coordinator at Georgia. In three seasons, he led the Tigers to a 20–12–1 record, Pancoast left the Tigers after the 1974 season to accept the head football coach position at Vanderbilt. Richard Williamson, previously offensive coordinator at Arkansas, was hired to take over the Tigers after Pancoasts departure, Williamsons teams finished 7–4, 6–5, 4–7, 5–6, and 2–9. Williamson was honored with the Southern Independent Conference Coach of the Year award twice, Rex Dockery was hired away from Texas Tech as the Tigers new head coach after Williamsons firing.
He had an 8–24–1 record at Memphis State, starting his tenure with back-to-back 1–10 seasons, Dockery was killed in a plane crash on December 12,1983, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, en route to an appearance before the Quarterback Club there. Also killed in the crash were Memphis State freshman Charles Greenhill, offensive coordinator Chris Faros, in December 1983, the playing surface at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium was named Rex Dockery Field. After the tragedy, Rey Dempsey was hired away from Southern Illinois as Memphis States new head football coach and his teams struggled to find success on the football field, posting a record of 7–12–3 in two seasons before Dempsey was fired
It is the principal city of the Pocatello metropolitan area, which encompasses all of Bannock county. As of the 2010 census the population of Pocatello was 54,255, Pocatello is the fifth largest city in the state, just behind Idaho Falls. In 2007, Pocatello was ranked twentieth on Forbes list of Best Small Places for Business, Pocatello is the home of Idaho State University and the manufacturing facility of ON Semiconductor. The city is at an elevation of 4,462 feet above sea level and is served by the Pocatello Regional Airport. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 32.38 square miles. Pocatello experiences a climate, with winters that are moderately long and cold. As of the census of 2010, there were 54,255 people,20,832 households, the population density was 1,683.9 inhabitants per square mile. There were 22,404 housing units at a density of 695.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 90. 5% White,1. 0% African American,1. 7% Native American,1. 6% Asian,0.
2% Pacific Islander,2. 3% from other races, and 2. 8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7. 2% of the population,27. 5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8. 2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the family size was 3.10. The median age in the city was 30.2 years. 25. 8% of residents were under the age of 18,14. 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24,27. 4% were from 25 to 44,21. 8% were from 45 to 64, and 10. 7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49. 9% male and 50. 1% female, as of the census of 2000, there were 51,466 people,19,334 households, and 12,973 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,822.5 people per square mile, there were 20,627 housing units at an average density of 730.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92. 32% White,0. 72% African American,1. 35% Native American,1. 15% Asian,0. 20% Pacific Islander,2. 18% from other races, and 2. 09% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4. 94% of the population, the top 5 ethnic groups in Pocatello are, English – 21%, German – 16%, Irish – 9%, Danish – 4% and Swedish – 4%. 25. 0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7. 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10
Montana Grizzlies football
The Montana Grizzlies football program represents the University of Montana in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision of college football. The Grizzlies have competed in the Big Sky Conference, where it is a founding member and they play their home games on campus in Missoula at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, where they had an average attendance of 24,380 in 2013. The Grizzlies had a season from 1986–2011. In Washington-Grizzly Stadium they have a percentage of.890 including playoffs. They hold the records for most playoff appearances in a row, Big Sky Conference titles in a row and their success made them the most successful program in all college football in the 2000s and third most successful team in FCS in the 1990s. The University of Montanas first football season was in 1897 where they won a game against future rival Montana State. The team played only schools from Montana until it helped found the Northwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1902, in addition to Montana, this original Northwest Conference included Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Whitman College.
Despite the associations stated goal of increasing intercollegiate athletics, Montana continued to only the nearest teams. More unfortunate for the team, it would not win a game against a conference opponent until a 10-0 win over Washington State in 1914, Montana joined the conference in 1924 and remained through the 1949 season. Montana won only nine games, and never played a home game against a team from the state of California. No team was organized in 1918, due to World War I, Record, vs. CatsDoug Fessenden was the first Montana coach to last more than five years and was the first to end his career with a winning record that coached more than two years. The program was on hiatus for the 1943 and 1944 seasons, of the six teams in the northern division of the PCC, only Washington continued through the war. In 1948, the Montana board of education announced that it was de-emphasizing athletics at the state university, the conference was only preferable to having no conference affiliation. In 1951, Montana joined the Mountain States Conference, popularly known as the Skyline Conference and it would compete here until the conference dissolved in 1962, never having a winning season and not winning more than three games until 1960.
In 1963, Montana joined Gonzaga, Idaho State, Weber State, following a 1–9 season in 1966, University of Montana president Robert T. Pantzer announced in December the hiring of Jack Swarthout, a former quarterback/halfback/end from Montana. Swarthout brought on Jack Elway as an assistant and they improved the team immediately to 7–3 in their first season, within two years, Swarthout guided the team to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 1969 and 1970 and Montanas first Big Sky Conference titles. Continued success was expected, but a season in 1971 was followed by a work-study scandal that eventually led to Swarthouts resignation. Though Swarthout was found innocent, the charges hurt recruiting and the government decided to withdraw financial support for athletic programs
NCAA Division I FBS independent schools
National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools are four-year institutions whose football programs are not part of an NCAA-affiliated conference. This means that FBS independents are not required to each other for competition like conference schools do. All Division I FBS independents are eligible for the College Football Playoff, or for the access bowls associated with the CFP. Notre Dame has a potential tie-in with the Orange Bowl, Army has an agreement with the Military Bowl, and Notre Dame, in addition to its CFP agreement, has other bowl agreements as part of its affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference. BYU had an agreement with the Armed Forces Bowl for 2011, the ranks increased by two in 2013 when the WAC dropped football and New Mexico State and Idaho did not have a conference for football. Massachuetts became FBS independent in 2016, in recent years, most independent FBS schools have joined a conference for two primary reasons, A guaranteed share of television and bowl revenues, and ease of scheduling.
The four remaining independent FBS schools have unique circumstances that allow for freedom from conference affiliation, one of the remaining independent programs is the service academy Army. Army has annual games guaranteed with Navy and with Air Force and it has a historic rivalry with Notre Dame, the Army game is semi-regular. Television rights for the longstanding Army–Navy Game, which is the last regular game in the NCAA. The academy uses its football program to do recruiting, without a conference schedule, navys arrival in The American brought the leagues football membership to 12 schools, allowing it to play a conference championship game. During the conference realignment that saw the university choose football independence in August 2010, both are prominent faith-based schools, Notre Dame is arguably the best-known Catholic university in the U. S. while BYU is the flagship university of the LDS Church. The 1984 teams national championship is the most recent by a university that is not a current member of the College Football Playoff coalition, BYU was getting less than $2 million a year through its contract with The MTN, the now-defunct TV network of the Mountain West Conference. BYU has its own channel, but had a very restrictive contract which did not allow BYU to broadcast its own football games.
The new contract with ESPN will pay BYU an estimated $800,000 to $1.2 million per home game, the University of Massachusetts football program historically played in the Football Championship Subdivision of NCAA Division I prior to 2011. The Minutemen began a two-year Football Bowl Subdivision transition period in 2011, in March 2014, the MAC and UMass announced an agreement for the Minutemen to leave the conference after the 2015 season due to declining an offer to become a full member of the conference. Massachusetts announced that it would look for a more suitable conference for the team. In September 2014, Notre Dame is now one of the most prominent programs in the country. Because of its national popularity built over decades, Notre Dame is the only independent program to be part of the Bowl Championship Series coalition. These factors help make Notre Dame one of the most financially valuable football programs in the country, Notre Dame had filled its annual schedule without needing conference games to do so
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has an area of over half a million people. Billings is located in the portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County. The 2015 Census estimates put the Billings population at 110,263, the city is experiencing rapid growth and a strong economy, it has had and is continuing to have the largest growth of any city in Montana. Parts of the area are seeing hyper growth. From 2000 to 2010 Lockwood, an suburb of the city, saw growth of 57. 8%. Billings has avoided the economic downturn that affected most of the nation 2008–2012 as well as avoiding the housing bust, Billings was nicknamed the Magic City because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in March 1882. The city is named for Frederick H. Billings, a president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Billings is the destination for much of the same area. With more hotel accommodations than any area within a region, the city hosts a variety of conventions, sporting events.
Area attractions include Pompeys Pillar, Pictograph Cave, Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Zoo Montana, the downtown core and much of the rest of Billings is in the Yellowstone Valley which is a canyon carved out by the Yellowstone River. Around 80 million years ago, the Billings area was on the shore of the Western Interior Seaway, the sea deposited sediment and sand around the shoreline. As the sea retreated it left behind a layer of sand. Over millions of years this sand was compressed into stone that is known as Eagle Sandstone, over the last million years the river has carved its way down through this stone to form the canyon walls that are known as the Billings Rimrocks or the Rims. About five miles south of downtown are the Pictograph Caves and these caves contain over 100 pictographs, the oldest of which is over 2,000 years old. Approximately 30,000 artifacts have been excavated from the site and these excavations have indicated that the area has been occupied since at least 2600 BCE until after 1800 CE.
The Crow Indians have called the Billings area home since about 1700, the present-day Crow Nation is just south of Billings. In July 1806, William Clark passed through the Billings area, on July 25 he arrived at what is now known as Pompeys Pillar and wrote in his journal
Idaho State Bengals football
The Idaho State Bengals football program represents Idaho State University in college football and plays its home games at Holt Arena, an indoor facility on campus in Pocatello, Idaho. Idaho State is a member of the Big Sky Conference in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Through the 2011 season, the Bengals have a record of 451–472–20. After a winless 0–11 season in 1979, Bud Hake was fired three years and a 5–28 record. Dave Kragthorpe was hired as coach for the 1980 season. The following season, ISU won the Division I-AA Championship, following two playoff victories at home, the Bengals defeated Eastern Kentucky 34–23 in the Pioneer Bowl at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The quarterback during the 12–1 championship season was senior Mike Machurek, Machurek spent over three seasons with the Detroit Lions, and had treatment for skin cancer during the second. Idaho State returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1983, but lost 27–20 at home in the first round to conference champion Nevada-Reno, the Bengals have not made another playoff appearance, although they were tri-Big Sky champions in 2002, all at 5–2 in conference play.
ISU was passed over for the playoffs, for Montana and Montana State, following the 2010 season, head coach John Zamberlin was fired after four seasons and Mike Kramer was hired as ISUs 25th head football coach. During his first season in 2011 the Bengals won only two games, Kramer was formerly the head coach at Eastern Washington and Montana State. Among his assistants are former University of Alabama football players Todd Bates and Rudy Griffin, on March 30,2017, Kramer resigned as head coach of the Bengals. The Idaho State Athletic Department promoted offensive coordinator Rob Phenicie to head coach, Idaho State formerly had spirited intrastate rivalries with both the University of Idaho and Boise State University, when all three schools were members of the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals claim a rivalry with the Montana Grizzlies of Missoula and they were National Champions in 1981. The Bengals have had five two-time All-Americans, wide receiver Ed Bell, defensive end Josh Hays, placekicker Pete Garces, defensive end Jared Allen, Allen won the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award in 2003 as the top defensive player in the nation in Division 1-AA.
Wide receiver Rodrick Rumble was an All-American in 2011, a season in which he broke the Big Sky conference record for receptions with 112, return specialist Tavoy Moore was given first-team All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association for the 2010 season. Punter Jon Vanderwielen earned several All-American honors in 2009, the Bengals play home games in Holt Arena, an indoor multi-purpose athletic stadium located on the north end of the ISU campus. Completed in September 1970, Holt Arena is the oldest enclosed stadium on a campus in the United States. Only the Houston Astrodome, completed in 1965, predates it, the indoor arena was conceived by ISU athletic director Milton W. Dubby Holt in 1966
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the population was 52,838, while the total of the city. Located on the banks of the north-flowing Red River of the North, in a flat region known as the Red River Valley. The Red River Flood of 1997 devastated the city, the Grand Forks post office was established in 1870, and the town was incorporated on February 22,1881. The city was named for its location at the fork of the Red River, historically dependent on local agriculture, the citys economy now encompasses higher education, health care, food processing, and scientific research. Grand Forks is served by Grand Forks International Airport and Grand Forks Air Force Base, the citys University of North Dakota is the oldest institution of higher education in the state. The Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena host athletic and other events, while the North Dakota Museum of Art, early French explorers, fur trappers, and traders called the area Les Grandes Fourches, meaning The Grand Forks.
By the 1740s, French fur trappers relied on Les Grandes Fourches as an important trading post, the United States acquired the territory from British Ruperts Land with the Treaty of 1818, but indigenous tribes dominated the area until the late nineteenth century. After years of warfare, the United States made treaties to extinguish the land claims of the Objibwe, when a U. S. post office was established on the site on June 15,1870, the name was changed to the English Grand Forks. Alexander Griggs, a captain, is regarded as The Father of Grand Forks. Griggs steamboat froze in the Red River on a voyage in late 1870, forcing the captain, Griggs platted a community in 1875, and Grand Forks was officially incorporated on February 22,1881. Thousands of settlers were attracted to the Dakota Territory in the 1870s and 1880s for its land. Many established small farms, but some investors bought thousands of acres for bonanza farms. The city grew quickly after the arrival of the Great Northern Railway in 1880, in 1883, the University of North Dakota was established, six years before North Dakota was formally admitted as an independent state born from the Dakota Territory.
During the first half of the 20th century, new neighborhoods were developed south. In the 1920s the state-owned North Dakota Mill and Elevator was constructed on the side of the city. In 1954, Grand Forks was chosen as the site for an Air Force base, Grand Forks Air Force Base brought thousands of new jobs and residents to the community. The military base and the University of North Dakota became integral to the citys economy, with construction of federal highways, during the postwar years residential and business development became suburbanized, spreading to new areas as land was available
BYU Cougars football
The Cougars began collegiate football competition in 1922, and have won 23 conference titles and 1 national title in 1984. The team has competed in different athletic conferences during its history. The team plays games at the 63, 470-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU traces its roots back to the late 19th century. Benjamin Cluff became the principal of Brigham Young Academy in 1892 and was influenced by his collegiate studies at the University of Michigan to bring athletic competition to Brigham Young. After a twenty-year ban on football, the sport was brought back to BYU on a basis in 1919. BYU was admitted to the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1921 and had its first winning year in 1929 under the helm of coach G. Ott Romney and his successor Eddie Kimball ushered in a new era in Cougar football in which the team went 65–51–12 between 1928–1942. In 1932, the Cougars posted an 8–1 record and outscored their opponents 188–50, the university did not field a team from 1943–1945 due to World War II, and in 1949 suffered its only winless season, going 0–11.
In 1961, Eldon The Phantom Fortie became the schools first All-American, in 1964, Cougar Stadium was built, which included a capacity of 30,000, and in 1965, head coach Tommy Hudspeth led the Cougars to their first conference championship with a record of 6–4. In 1972, assistant coach LaVell Edwards was promoted to head coach replacing Kopp, the following year the Cougars struggled to a 5–6 finish, but this would be Edwards only losing season during his run as BYU coach over the next three decades. In fact, the Cougars won the championship every year except one from 1974–1985. However, the Cougars lost their first four bowl games and their first post-season win came in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, which has become known as the Miracle Bowl since BYU was trailing SMU 45–25 with four minutes left in the game and came back to win. During this period, Young finished second for the Heisman Trophy in 1983, in 1984, BYU reached the pinnacle of college football when it won the national championship. The undefeated Cougars opened the season with a 20–14 victory over Pitt, ranked No.3 in the nation at the time, coupled with the 11 consecutive wins to close out the 1983 season, BYU concluded the 1984 championship on a 24-game winning streak.
Some college football pundits argued that BYU had not played a legitimate schedule, nonetheless, at the end of the season, BYU was crowned as national champion after being a near-unanimous number one in all four NCAA sanctioned polls AP, Coaches, NFF and FWAA. BYU finished ranked No.5 in both the Coaches and AP polls, and became the first team in NCAA history to win 14 games in a season. In 1999, BYU left the WAC along with seven teams to form the Mountain West Conference. Just prior to the 2000 season, Edwards announced that it would be his year as the programs head coach
Wyoming Cowboys football
The Wyoming Cowboys are a college football team that represents the University of Wyoming. They compete in the Mountain West Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision of NCAA Division I and have won 15 conference titles, the head coach is Craig Bohl, who entered his first season in 2014. War Memorial Stadium was built in 1950 with an capacity of 20,000 fans. It is the highest Division I FBS football stadium in the nation, the playing surface was natural grass until 2005, when infilled artificial turf was installed. Prior to War Memorial Stadium, the Cowboys played at Corbett Field, a field located southeast of Half Acre Gym where the Business Building. It was named for John J. Corbett, longtime all-sport coach, the field was the first official stadium for the Cowboys, previously they had played on Prexys Pasture, the main green of the school. The Bronze Boot is awarded to the winner of the football game between Wyoming and Colorado State, in nearby Fort Collins. The annual game has evolved into one of the most bitterly contested rivalries in college football.
The teams have waged the Border War one hundred times since the schools playing in 1899, playing every year except 1901,1902,1906,1907,1918,1924,1926,1927,1928,1943,1944. This is one of the oldest interstate rivalries west of the Mississippi River, the series is the oldest rivalry for both schools and the Border War has been played in three different centuries. The Paniolo Trophy is awarded to the winner of the football games played between Wyoming and Hawaii. This rivalry started in 1979 when Hawaii joined the WAC conference and was played annually until 1997, Hawaii joined the MWC as a football-only affiliate member in 2012, renewing the rivalry. Bridgers Battle is the name for the football games played between Wyoming and Utah State, the winner of which is awarded the trophy of the rivalry. The rivalry started in 1903, and renewed as a game in 2013 when Utah State joined the Mountain West Conference. Mike Dirks - tackle - part of one of footballs best defenses in 1966 and 1967. He was selected as an All-American and All-Western Athletic Conference performer and he co-captained Wyomings 1967 WAC Championship football team that finished fifth in the nation.
Led the Cowboys to a 10-1 record and berth in the 1968 Sugar Bowl and he was part of the Cowboys line that was the nations best rushing defense for two consecutive seasons. No team in the nation has since allowed fewer rushing yards than the 1966 and 1967 Wyoming defenses, Dirks produced 71 tackles,30 unassisted tackles, and 26 tackles for a loss