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Team:Sam Houston State Bearkats Football
League: NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southland Conference
Home Games: Bowers Stadium
Head Coach: K. C. Keeler
Conference Titles: 7
All-Time Greats: Scorpio Babers, Michael Bankston, Stan Blinka, Rhett Bomar, Keith Davis
Rivals: Stephen F. Austin
Sam Houston State Bearkats Football TicketsIn 1912, the first Sam Houston State Bearkats Football team played a full season of intercollegiate games. Through 1923, the team was independent. The Bearkats joined the Division I FCS in 1986 and navigated other conferences from 1923 to 1986. The team possesses an overall winning record of 529-464–3 and bowl record of 3–1–1 as well as a playoff record of 19–11 at the end of the 2018 season. The team also have seven conference titles. Its biggest rival is Stephen F. Austin. Bearkats home games take place at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas. A few of its former players have made it to the NFL and have played for well-known teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. Notable former players include Guido Merkens, Mike Nelms and Ralph Ruthstrom. Others are Julian Spence and D. D. Terry. Grab your Sam Houston State Bearkats football tickets at StubHub.
Where do the Sam Houston State Bearkats play?All home Sam Houston State Bearkats football games are held at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium. The stadium is in Huntsville, Texas and has a seating capacity of 12,593. It became the new home for the Bearkats in 1986. Previously, Pritchett Field hosted the games. On October 24, 1994, a record number of fans attended the game against Alcorn State reaching 16,148. Since 1986, the stadium has been expanded and renovated.
Who is Sam Houston State Bearkats football’s head coach?Kurt Charles “ ”K. C.“ ” Keeler has been leading the Sam Houston State Bearkats football program as head coach since 2014. He was hired at Sam Houston State with previous coaching experience. He has amassed an overall record of 226–90–1 as a head coach with a tournament record of 21–7 in the NCAA D-III playoffs and 19–8 in the NCAA D-I-AA/FCS playoffs. From 1978–1980, Keeler played at Delaware as a linebacker. In 2016, he was given the Eddie Robinson Award.
Who are some notable players from the Sam Houston State Bearkats?At least 36 former Sam Houston State Bearkats football players have made their way into professional careers in the NFL. In 2018, Defensive Lineman P. J. Hall was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second draft. Scorpio Babers, Michael Bankston and Stan Blinka as well as Rhett Bomar and Keith Davis are other notable players drafted. Blinka was drafted by the New York Jets where he played the middle linebacker position. For two seasons he was the team's leading tackler.
How is the tailgating scene at a Sam Houston State Bearkats game?Tailgating takes place before a Sam Houston State Bearkats football home game and the tailgating it does not disappoint. Different parking lots open at different times to accommodate fans. If you plan to tailgate in Bearkat Alley, it opens two hours before kickoff. The reserved ticket lots open four hours before kickoff. Those who plan to BBQ must bring their equipment into the designated areas at least three hours before kickoff.
What are the top games this year for Sam Houston State Bearkats?One of the top games the Sam Houston State Bearkats football team plays annual is its rivalry game against Stephen F. Austin. Known as Battle of the Piney Woods, it is played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. In 2019, the Houston Baptist Huskies, Northwestern State Demons and Lamar Cardinals will visit Bowers Stadium.
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