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The Missouri Southern Lions football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Missouri Southern State University located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The team competes in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The team plays its home games at the 7,000 seat Fred G. Hughes Stadium in Joplin, Missouri. Jeff Sims became the Lions' head coach on November 11, 2018, replacing Denver Johnson,[2] who resigned after three consecutive losing seasons.

Missouri Southern Lions football
Missouri Southern football logo.png
First season1968 (1968)
Athletic directorJared Bruggeman
Head coachJeff Sims
1st season, 1–1 (.500)
StadiumFred G. Hughes Stadium
(Capacity: 7,000)
Year built1975
Field surfaceSpinTurf
LocationJoplin, Missouri
NCAA divisionDivision II
ConferenceThe MIAA
Past conferencesCentral States Intercollegiate Conference
All-time record231–270–7 (.462)
Claimed nat'l titles1 (1972)
Conference titles2 (1976, 1993)
RivalriesPittsburg State
ColorsGreen and Gold[1]
         
Fight songSouthern Fight Song
MascotRoary the Lion
Marching bandLion Pride Marching Band
OutfitterNike
Websitewww.mssulions.com

HistoryEdit

The Lions football program began in 1968. Their first head coach was Jim Johnson. Under coach Jim Frazier the Lions won the 1972 NAIA Division II football championship.[3]

ConferencesEdit

From its inaugural season in 1968 until 1975, Missouri Southern played as an independent program. In 1976, it joined the Central States Intercollegiate Conference in which the school won one conference championships before leaving to play as an NCAA Division II member of the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (later renamed Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) in 1989, where the Lions have since remained a member and have won one conference championship.

ChampionshipsEdit

National championship seasonsEdit

[4]

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1972 Jim Frazier NAIA Division II Playoffs 12–0 Won NAIA Championship
National Championships 1

Conference championship seasonsEdit

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1976† Central States Intercollegiate Conference Jim Frazier 8–2 4–1
1993 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Jon Lantz 9–1–1 9–0
Total Conference championships: 2
† Denotes co-champions

All-time record vs. current MIAA teamsEdit

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current MIAA opponents as of the end of the 2015 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting
Central Missouri 15 22 2 .410 Lost 4 1973
Central Oklahoma 2 4 0 .333 Lost 4 2012
Emporia State 21 22 4 .489 Lost 6 1970
Fort Hays State 1 5 0 .167 Lost 5 2012
Lindenwood 1 4 0 .200 Lost 3 2012
Missouri Western 22 26 0 .458 Lost 5 1970
Nebraska–Kearney 8 9 0 .471 Lost 1 1977
Northeastern State 7 14 0 .333 Lost 2 1968
Northwest Missouri State 4 25 0 .138 Lost 23 1989
Pittsburg State 10 39 1 .210 Lost 4 1968
Washburn 20 25 1 .446 Lost 3 1970
Totals 123 205 5 .377

Notable former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ MSSU Brand Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Football Coach Denver Johnson Steps Down". Missouri Southern State University. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Missouri Southern State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  4. ^ DeLassus, David (2014). "Missouri Southern State Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-08-19.

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