Alcorn State Braves football

The Alcorn State Braves are the college football team of Alcorn State University. The Braves play in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

Alcorn State Braves football
2022 Alcorn State Braves football team
Alcorn.png
First season1921
Head coachFred McNair
5th season, 36–23 (.610)
StadiumCasem-Spinks Stadium
(capacity: 22,500)
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationLorman, Mississippi
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
DivisionEast
All-time record497–389–38 (.558)
Conference titles13 (SWAC: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1992, 1994, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
Division titles6 (SWAC East: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
ColorsPurple and gold[1]
   
Websitealcornsports.com

HistoryEdit

ClassificationsEdit

  • 1964–1969: NAIA
  • 1970–1983: NAIA Division I
  • 1965–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1976: NCAA Division II
  • 1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Black College National championshipsEdit

  • 1968
  • 1969
  • 1974
  • 1984
  • 2014

SWAC Championships – 13 (Member Since 1962)Edit

The Alcorn Braves joined the SWAC in 1962. Since then, ASU has won 13 SWAC Championships.

Playoff appearancesEdit

NCAA Division I FCSEdit

The Braves have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs three times with an overall record of 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1984 Quarterfinals Louisiana Tech L 21–44
1992 First Round Northeast Louisiana L 27–78
1994 First Round Youngstown State L 20–63

NCAA Division IIEdit

The Braves appeared in the Division II playoffs one time, with an overall record of 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1974 Quarterfinals UNLV L 22–35

Rivalry gamesEdit

The Alcorn State Braves take on the Jackson State Tigers in the Soul Bowl. The rivalry was previously named the Capital City Classic, but Alcorn ended the Classic in 2012 so that it could be brought to Lorman.[2]

College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

Alumni in the NFLEdit

Over 50 Alcorn State alumni have played in the NFL,[3] including:

Head CoachesEdit

Alcorn State has seen 21 head football coaches over its history. The program is currently led by Fred McNair.[4]

Coach Seasons Record Win Pct.
Octavius T. Henderson 1921 4–0 1.000
O.A. Ross 1922–1933 44–15–11 0.629
W. Morton 1934–1935 1–7–1 0.125
A. A. Abraham 1936, 1938, 1941–1942 14–8–7 0.483
L. Harris 1937, 1939–1940 10–10–1 0.476
J. Anderson 1945 0.2 0.000
Reuben Alba 1946 1–8 0.111
W. Felix "Lerroy" Harris 1947 9–1 0.900
Dwight Fisher 1948–1956 52–35–7 0.553
W. Broadus 1957 0–5 0.000
E. E. Simmons 1958–1959 3–14 0.176
Franklin Purnell 1960–1963 14–20 0.412
Marino Casem 1964–1985 138–71–8 0.636
Theo Danzy 1986–1990 26–22 0.542
Cardell Jones 1991–1997 41–32–3 0.539
Johnny Thomas 1998–2007 48–61 0.440
Ernest T. Jones 2008 2–10 0.167
Earnest Collins 2009–2010 8–12 0.400
Melvin Spears 2011 2–8 0.200
Jay Hopson 2012–2015 19–17a 0.528
Fred McNair 2016– 36–23 0.610

NotesEdit

^a Hopson went 4–7 and 9–3 in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, respectively, but the school's wins from these seasons were vacated due to NCAA violations[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Alcorn State University Identity Standards and Editorial Stylebook (PDF). Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "ASU ends Capital City Classic". 4 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Alcorn St. Players/Alumni". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  4. ^ https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/alcorn.sidearmsports.com/documents/2020/10/19/2020_21_Record_Book.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ "Alcorn State sanctioned for NCAA violations". 19 October 2016.

External linksEdit