Southeastern Louisiana Lions football

The Southeastern Louisiana Lions football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Southeastern Louisiana University located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. Southeastern Louisiana's first football team was fielded in 1930. The team plays its home games at the 7,408 seat Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, Louisiana. The Lions are coached by Frank Scelfo.[2]

Southeastern Louisiana Lions
2019 Southeastern Louisiana Lions football team
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First season1930
Athletic directorJay Artigues
Head coachFrank Scelfo
1st season, 4–7 (.364)
StadiumStrawberry Stadium
(Capacity: 7,408)
Field surfaceArtificial
LocationHammond, Louisiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
All-time record342–303–17 (.529)
Conference titles8
RivalriesNicholls (rivalry)
Northwestern State (rivalry)
Louisiana (rivalry)
ColorsGreen and Gold[1]
Marching bandSpirit Of The Southland


When the program was restarted again in 2003, after an 18-year hiatus, Hal Mumme, formerly the head coach at the University of Kentucky, was hired as head coach. Mumme became the 12th head coach in program history. Upon its return, SLU decided to compete at the NCAA Division I-AA level. The team finished its first season 5–7 and posted a 7–4 mark in 2004. The program posted a 51–17 win over #6 McNeese State and entered the Top 25 in the national I-AA rankings. Southeastern Louisiana ranked first among NCAA Division I-AA teams in total offense per game (537.1 yards) and passing offense per game (408 yards) in 2003.

After receiving an invitation from the Southland Conference for the football program to join, the conference where the rest of SLU's sports competed, it began conference play in 2005 - where it remains a current member today.

In 2012, Ron Roberts took over as head coach for the Lions and led them to a 5–6 record. The Lions finished the season with a 5-–2 record in conference play, which was the best conference record the Lions had posted in the Southland since joining in 2005. The following year, the Lions posted an 11–3 overall record. The lions were led at quarterback by Oregon transfer Bryan Bennett. The Lions finished with a perfect 7–0 record in conference play and earned their-first ever trip to the NCAA Division 1 playoffs. The Lions earned a first round bye. In the second round, the Lions faced Sam Houston State in a rematch of the regular season game played between the two in which Southeastern won 34–21. Quarterback Bryan Bennett led a late game-winning drive to give the Lions a 30–29 thrilling victory. The Lions lost to the New Hampshire Wildcats in the quarterfinals 20–17. Bennett was first team all-Conference in 2013. Placekicker Seth Sebastian and kickoff returner Xavier Roberson won 2013 FCS Awards from College Football Performance Awards for the top positional performances.[3]

After posting a 7-4 regular season record in 2019 the lions earned the program’s third playoff birth, hosting 10th ranked Villanova in the first round. After trailing 31-14 at halftime, Southeastern came back to upset the wildcats 45-44, led by quarterback Chason Virgil’s 474 yards passing.[4]

Conference affiliationsEdit


Conference championshipsEdit

Southeastern Louisiana has won 9 conference championships.[citation needed]

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1946 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference Ned McGehee 9–0‡ ?
1952 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 6–1–2 ?
1953 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 6–3 ?
1954 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 9–0 ?
1956 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 6–3 ?
1960 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 9–1 ?
1961 Gulf States Conference Stan Galloway 9–1 ?
2013 Southland Conference Ron Roberts 11–3 ?
2014 Southland Conference Ron Roberts 9–4 ?

† Co-championship

‡ Includes victory in 1946 Burley Bowl.[5]

Playoff appearancesEdit

Southeastern Louisiana has a 2–3 record in three appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978.

Year Round Opponent Result
2013 Second Round
Sam Houston State
New Hampshire
W 30–29
L 17–20
2014 First Round Sam Houston State L 17–21
2019 First Round
Second Round
W 45–44
L 28–73



The series with Nicholls is tied at 14–14 through the 2018 season.

Northwestern StateEdit

Southeastern Louisiana leads the series with Northwestern State 28–22 through the 2018 season.


The Cypress Mug is the turned, polished mahogany mug awarded to the winner of the Louisiana–Southeastern football game.[6] Louisiana leads the series 20–17–3 with the last game played in 2017.

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

Announced schedules as of December 1, 2019.[7]

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
at Tulane vs North Alabama at North Alabama at Mississippi State at Tulane at South Alabama
at Jacksonville State at Louisiana Tech
at Nebraska

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Athletic logos". Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
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  4. ^ "Villanova vs. SE Louisiana - Game Recap - November 30, 2019 - ESPN". Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  5. ^ "Southeastern Wins Burley Bowl Tilt". The Town Talk. Alexandria, Louisiana. Associated Press. November 29, 1946. Retrieved March 27, 2017 – via
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  7. ^ "Southeastern Louisiana Lions Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved December 1, 2019.

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