Nevada's football squad had only 15 guys in 1923 and was regarded a clear underdog. When Courtright returned to the Nevada campus in 1961, he was shown memorabilia from his time there. He said that when he saw the list of players who had played for Nevada back then, he felt very proud of the team.
In its first season, Nevada went undefeated while scoring over 50 points per game. The average score of their games was 51-0. In 1922, the school changed its name from Nevada State College to honor the state of Nevada's contribution to the university.
They returned to the Pacific Coast Conference after one year off due to financial issues with the conference. However, they left the conference after just three seasons because they weren't able to pay their dues. They moved down to Division 1A and began play in the Western Intercollegiate Football Association (now known as the Mountain West).
The team's first win in the MW came against California College of Commerce. They went on to finish with seven wins and two losses. That year, former Stanford star halfback Carl Ewart led the team to victory with five touchdowns. His performance was good enough for him to be named a first-team all-mountain player. After one season, Ewart decided to transfer out of Nevada to play for Yale.
Three Nevadans have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
|Nevada Wolf Pack football|
|2021 Nevada Wolf Pack football team|
|Athletic director||Doug Knuth|
|Head coach||Jay Norvell 4th season, 25–22 (.532)|
The Northwestern Wildcats football team was organized as early as 1876, but evidence shows that the first game was played in 1882, when a group of Northwestern men competed in a "football heat" against a group of Lake Forest men. The game was played on Saturday, November 3, 1882, at Lake Forest. Northwestern won this first game, 7-3.
Northwestern didn't play its first intercollegiate game until five years later, in 1987. The Wildcats have since become a mainstay in the Big Ten Conference.
Northwestern's current athletic director is Jim Phillips. He was hired in January 2014 after former athletic director Bill Carr died of cancer. Before coming to Northwestern, Phillips served as president of Texas A&M University from 2001 to 2013.
He replaced Dave Doeren, who left for North Carolina State University after six seasons as head coach. Doeren went 72-40 during his time at Northwestern and led the program to its first bowl game appearance in 15 years - the 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl - where they lost to Central Michigan 26-24.
Doeren returned to his alma mater to lead NC State from 2011 to 2015. His overall record at NC State was 44-20.
Boise Junior College began playing football in the National Junior College Athletic Association one year after its foundation (NJCAA). "Boise Junior College's Potato Bowl victory." The Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). The Associated Press, 5 December 1949, p. 8. Jim Hubbard (December 10, 1950). "The Boise Broncos lose against Long Beach, 33-13."
Smith, who was still unbeaten as a head coach at the time of the Korean War, was recalled to the Navy and was only able to coach in the first three games of the 1950 season. In Smith's absence, George Blankley took over as head coach for the balance of 1950 and the whole 1951 season, compiling a 16-2 (.889) record.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), located just off the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, fields NCAA Division I sporting teams as well as major professional teams.
|Team||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Venue (capacity)||Allegiant Stadium (65,000)|
Hollywood, Florida, January 8— Starting with the 1972 football season and the 1972-73 basketball season, major institutions were granted permission today to utilize freshmen on their varsity football and basketball teams. The first freshman ever to appear in an American College or University Football game was Lee Corso, who played running back for the USC Trojans against Michigan State University. Corso's debut came in 1971, when he scored two touchdowns during a 28-7 victory over San Diego State University.
The first freshman to play in the National Basketball Association was Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), who appeared in four games for UCLA in 1975-76. The NBA originally barred its players from participating in college sports, but that rule was rescinded in 1979-80 when Jabbar opted to leave school after one season to turn pro. He went on to win six championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and became the only man ever to win the award as MVP of the Finals.
In addition to Jabbar, other prominent freshmen athletes include Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, and Jerry Rice. They all played college basketball. Jordan, Bryant, and Rice all won NCAA titles while at California; Jordan and Bryant also helped lead their schools to Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 2004, respectively. Rice played baseball at Oregon State before turning pro.
In five sports, Cougar teams have won seventeen NCAA national titles. During the 1967-68 academic year, SIUE competed in intercollegiate athletics. At the time, collegiate athletics was almost entirely dominated by male student athletes, but circumstances were changing. The school began with men's soccer and basketball.
Before the start of the 2017-18 season, all of the university's other athletic programs had joined them as well. So now the Cougars are an official Division I program that competes in all sports except golf (which is Division II).
Their first season of competition was 1967-68, when they appeared in the Southeast Athletic Conference. Before that, they played only exhibition games because there were no college sports leagues yet that would allow them to compete against other schools. In 1971, after one season in the SEAC, they moved over to the Missouri Valley Conference where they have remained ever since.
Currently, all of the Cougars' teams are part of the MVFC which includes most major universities in the Midwest and South. Most recently, they have been affiliated with several other power conferences including the Big East, C-USA, MAC, and WAC. The Cougars have never been invited to play in a Bowl Game.
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|Football stadium||Mackay Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Lawlor Events Center|