Rhode Island Rams football

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Rhode Island Rams
2018 Rhode Island Rams football team
Rhode Island Rams logo.svg
First season 1895
Athletic director Thorr Bjorn
Head coach Jim Fleming
5th season, 8–38 (.174)
Stadium Meade Stadium
(Capacity: 5,180)
Field surface Grass
Location Kingston, Rhode Island
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
All-time record 384–543–43 (.418)
Rivalries Brown Bears
Connecticut Huskies
Colors Keaney Blue, White, and Navy Blue[1]
Website GoRhody.com

The Rhode Island Rams football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Rhode Island located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association.[2] Rhode Island's first football team was fielded in 1895. The team plays its home games at the 6,555 seat Meade Stadium in Kingston, Rhode Island.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include


The Rams have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs three times, but not since 1985. They have just three winning seasons since that time, and none since 2002. Their combined record is 2–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1981 Quarterfinals Idaho State L 0–51
1984 Quarterfinals
Montana State
W 23–17
L 20–32
1985 First Round
W 35–27
L 15–59


Conference championships[edit]

The Rams have won seven conference championships, all of which were won during their tenure in the Yankee Conference, highlighted by two separate runs of numerous championships (four in five years during the 1950s and three in four years during the 1980s) and respective droughts between those runs, with a 24 year drought between titles in 1957 and 1981 and an ongoing drought since Rhode Island's last title in 1985 of over 30 years.

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1952 Yankee Conference (Co-Championship) Hal Kopp 7–1 3–1
1953 Yankee Conference (Co-Championship) Hal Kopp 6–2 3–1
1955 Yankee Conference Hal Kopp 6–1–2 4–0
1957 Yankee Conference (Co-Championship) Herb Maack 5–2–1 3–0–1
1981 Yankee Conference (Co-Championship) Bob Griffin 6–6 4–1
1984 Yankee Conference (Co-Championship) Bob Griffin 10–3 4–1
1985 Yankee Conference Bob Griffin 10–3 5–0
Total conference championships 7

Divisional championships[edit]

The Rams have won one division title, done so during their tenure in the Yankee Conference, with an ensuing appearance in the conference title game.

Year Division Championship Opponent Result
1995 Yankee New England Division Delaware L 19–24


Active rivalry[edit]

Brown Bears[edit]

Inactive rivalry[edit]

Connecticut Huskies[edit]


  1. ^ URI Brand Visual Standards Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rhode Island Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 

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