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Team: South Carolina State Bulldogs
Home Games: Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
Team Greats: David “ ”Deacon“ ” Jones, Harry Carson, Marion Motley, Donnie Shell, Robert Porcher, Willie E. Jeffries
Conference Titles: 16
Head Coach: Oliver “Buddy” Pough
South Carolina State Bulldogs TicketsSince 1907, South Carolina State Bulldogs have contributed to college football for 112 years. They have become a staple of the MEAC division. The Bulldogs played in 13 bowl games - with a record of 6–7, and the team holds three conference championships. The football program gained a positive reputation for building star athletes. Over 40 different players went on to have careers in the NFL, with Deacon Jones becoming the most famous. In June 2019, fans of South Carolina State athletics gathered to hear about the university’s most recent fundraising event. As part of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) initiative, an organization established in 2015 to unite the sports community with the goals of advancement, equality and mutual respect, the university raised more than $1.67 million – this was done to help meet the December 2019 goal of making $2 million. Stacy Danley, the athletics director, told fans that part of the funds would go towards building a new turf for the football team. The team plays on the Willie E. Jeffries Field, located inside the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, S.C. Get your tickets at StubHub's website or mobile app.
How many conference titles do the South Carolina State Bulldogs have?The Bulldogs have won 16 conference titles.
What teams are considered rivals of South Carolina State Bulldogs?Some of the South Carolina State Bulldog rivals include: East Carolina, Florida A&M, Howard University, Hampton University and North Carolina AT&T State University.
Why is the field where South Carolina State Bulldogs play named for Willie E. Jeffries?Willie E. Jeffries, former head coach for the South Carolina State Bulldogs, made history. He became the first African American Head Coach to lead a mostly white NCAA-D1 football program when Wichita State, which now has a defunct football program, hired him in 1979. He won around 60% of all college games he coached. Jeffries retired from coaching the Bulldogs in 2001, after 19 seasons. In 2010, the university named him SC State Head Football Coach Emeritus. That same year, he gained admittance into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Where can I see the South Carolina State Bulldogs play?Fan cans see all the exciting football action when their Bulldogs take to the field at Willie E. Jeffries Field, located inside the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, S.C. This multi-purpose stadium seats 22,000 fans.
Does South Carolina State Bulldogs have a marching band?South Carolina State University has a famous marching band known as Marching 101. The band has supported the Bulldogs and their fans for almost 100 years. Marching 101 entertains football fans during halftime at the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
What colors should I expect to see at a South Carolina State Bulldogs game?The team's colors are garnet and blue. At games, you should expect to see fans wearing garnet and blue in support of the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
What is Deacon Jones' connection to South Carolina State Bulldogs and the NFL?The late Deacon Jones, a defensive back, played with the South Carolina State Bulldogs, and alongside Jeffries, for two seasons – from 1957 to 1958. During his time with the Bulldogs, the team's combined record was 12-4-1. Deacon's full talents emerged in the NFL. Throughout his career, Jones played for the LA Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. He played in eight Pro Bowls. In 1967 and 1968, the NFL named him the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In total, he played 191 games, having only two interceptions.
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