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The Tennessee State Tigers are the college football team representing the Tennessee State University. The Tigers play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Tennessee State Tigers
2018 Tennessee State Tigers football team
Tennessee State Tigers wordmark.svg
First season1912
Athletic directorTeresa Phillips
Head coachRod Reed
9th season, 53–47 (.530)
Other staffMike Jones (OC)
Osita Alaribe (co-DC)
Justin Roberts (co-DC)
StadiumNissan Stadium and Hale Stadium
(Capacity: 69,143)
Year built1999
Field surfaceTifsport Bermuda Sod
LocationNashville, Tennessee
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Past conferencesSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1926–1929), Midwestern Conference (1945–1966)
All-time record555–288–33 (.652)
Bowl record8–1–1 (.850)
Playoff appearances6
Playoff record3–6
Claimed nat'l titles11 Black College National Championships, 1973 Division II National Championship
Conference titles16
ColorsReflex Blue and White[1]
         
WebsiteTSUTigers.com

HistoryEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

National championshipsEdit

Year Coach Record Championship
1946 Henry A. Kean 10–1 Black College National Champions
1947 Henry A. Kean 10–0 Black College National Champions
1954 Henry A. Kean 10–1 Black College National Champions
1956 Howard C. Gentry 10–0 Black College National Champions
1965 John A. Merritt 9–0–1 Black College National Champions
1966 John A. Merritt 10–0 Black College National Champions
1970 John A. Merritt 11–0 Black College National Champions
1971 John A. Merritt 9–1 Black College National Champions
1973 John A. Merritt 10–0 AP & UPI College Division National Champions
1973 John A. Merritt 10–0 Black College National Champions
1979 John A. Merritt 8–3 Black College National Champions
1982 John A. Merritt 10–1–1 Black College National Champions
2013 Rod Reed 10–4 Black College National Champions

Conference championshipsEdit

Year Coach Conference Conference Record
1945 Henry A. Kean Midwest Athletic Association 3–0
1946 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 3–0
1947 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 3–0
1949 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 4–0
1954 Henry A. Kean Midwestern Conference 4–0
1956 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 4–0
1957 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 3–0
1959 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 3–0
1960 Howard C. Gentry Midwestern Conference 3–0
1961 Lawrence E. Simmons Midwestern Conference 3–0
1963 John A. Merritt Midwest Conference 3–0
1964 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 3–0
1965 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 2–0
1966 John A. Merritt Midwestern Conference 2–0
1998 Lawrence C. Cole Ohio Valley Conference 6–1
1999 Lawrence C. Cole Ohio Valley Conference 7–0

Bowl gamesEdit

Season Date Bowl Opponent Result Stadium Location Head Coach
1944 January 1, 1945 Vulcan Bowl Tuskegee University W 12–7 Rickwood Field Birmingham, Alabama Henry Kean
1945 January 1, 1946 Vulcan Bowl Texas College W 33–6 Rickwood Field Birmingham, Alabama Henry Kean
1946 January 1, 1947 Vulcan Bowl Louisville Municipal College W 32–0 Rickwood Field Birmingham, Alabama Henry Kean
1954 December 4, 1954 National Classic North Carolina College L 19–6 War Memorial Stadium Greensboro, North Carolina Henry Kean
1956 December 1, 1956 Orange Blossom Classic Florida A&M W 41–39 Orange Bowl Miami, Florida Howard C. Gentry
1965 December 11, 1965 Grantland Rice Bowl Ball State T 14–14 Horace Jones Field Murfreesboro, Tennessee John Merritt
1966 December 10, 1966 Grantland Rice Bowl Muskingum W 34–7 Horace Jones Field Murfreesboro, Tennessee John Merritt
1970 December 12, 1970 Grantland Rice Bowl Southwestern Louisiana W 26–25 Memorial Stadium Baton Rouge, Louisiana John Merritt
1971 December 11, 1971 Grantland Rice Bowl McNeese State W 26–23 Memorial Stadium Baton Rouge, Louisiana John Merritt
1972 December 10, 1972 Pioneer Bowl Drake W 29–7 Memorial Stadium Wichita Falls, Texas John Merritt

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

The Tigers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs six times with a record of 3–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1981 Quarterfinals South Carolina State L 25–26 OT
1982 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Kentucky
W 20–19
L 7–13
1986 First Round
Quarterfinals
Jackson State
Nevada
W 32–23
L 6–33
1998 First Round Appalachian State L 31–45
1999 First Round North Carolina A&T L 10–24
2013 First Round
Second Round
Butler
Eastern Illinois
W 31–0
L 10–51


Under Rod ReedEdit

Season All Games Regular Season Conference Post-Season Play Sports Network Poll Ranking Coaches Poll Ranking
2010 3–8 3–8 0–7
2011 5–6 5–6 4–4
2012 8–3 8–3 4–3
2013 10–4 10–4 6–2 1–1 #17 #17
2014 6–6 6–6 3–5
2015 4–6 4–6 1–6

College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit

Alumni in the NFLEdit

Annual ClassicEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tennessee State University Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tennessee St. Players/Alumni". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-29.

External linksEdit