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Location: Homewood, Alabama
Division: NCAA Division I FCS
Conference (football): Southern Conference
Stadium: Seibert Stadium
Conference (basketball): Southern Conference
Arena: Thomas E. and Marla H. Corts Arena at Pete Hanna Center

The Samford University Bulldogs compete as members of the Southern Conference in NCAA Division I FCS football and in NCAA Division I basketball. Samford, known as "Howard College" until 1965, is a private Baptist institution located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of about 3,000.

Samford is located on the south side of Homewood, along AL 149 (Lakeshore Drive) just west of US 31 (Montgomery Parkway). Montgomery Parkway is a surface extention of the Red Mountain Expressway, a freeway extending from downtown Birmingham; from the south, the closer freeway access is exit 255 off I-65, which is the AL 149 exit a mile west of campus. Seibert Stadium (6,700) and Pete Hanna Center (5,000) are located on the west side of campus along small campus roads.

Samford's main rival, really, is Birmingham-Southern, but that's never been an athletic rivalry. On the field, their primary rivalry has been with Jacksonville State, although conference instabilities have prevented even that rivalry from gaining traction.

Samford has provided 11 players to the NFL, led by Tennessee DB Cortland Finnegan. Both Bobby Bowden (legendary Florida State head coach) and his son Terry (later at Auburn) served as head coach for the Bulldogs over the years; both Bowdens built scholarship football programs from scratch. Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey spent a season in charge of the program, and former Heisman winner and TCU, UAB, and Auburn coach Pat Sullivan is the current head man. No former Bulldog has played in the NBA or ABA.

Conference Affiliations


Southern Conference NCAA I FCS 2008-present
Ohio Valley Conference NCAA I FCS 2003-2007
NCAA Division I FCS Independents NCAA I FCS 1988-2002
NCAA Division III Independents NCAA III 1984-1987
no team 1974-1983
NCAA Division II Independents NCAA II 1973
NCAA College Division Independents NCAA College 1971-1972
NAIA Division I Football Independents NAIA I 1970
NAIA Football Independents NAIA 1955-1969
Dixie Conference NAIA 1952-1954
Dixie Conference unaffiliated 1948-1951
no team 1946-1947
Unaffiliated Independents unaffiliated 1942-1945
Dixie Conference NCAA 1930-1941
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association NCAA 1910-1938
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association unaffiliated 1906-1909
Pre-NCAA Independents unaffiliated 1902-1905


Southern Conference NCAA I 2008-present
Ohio Valley Conference NCAA I 2003-2008
Atlantic Sun Conference NCAA I 2001-2003
Trans-America Athletic Conference NCAA I 1978-2001
NCAA Division I Independents NCAA I 1973-1978
NCAA University Division NCAA University 1972-1973
NCAA College Division NCAA College 1971-1972
NAIA Independents NAIA 1954-1971
Dixie Conference NAIA 1948-1954
NAIA Independents NAIA 1942-1948
Dixie Conference NAIA 1937-1942
Dixie Conference NCAA 1930-1937
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association NCAA 1916-1939
no team 1905-1916
Pre-NCAA Independents Independent 1901-1905

Post-Season Appearances


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NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs 1991, 1992, 2013
Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl 1971
Space City Classic 1967
Golden Isles Bowl 1962
Textile Bowl 1959
Tampa Bowl 1933

† - Samford's participation in the 1971 Stagg Bowl was vacated due to NCAA rule violations.


NCAA Division I Men's Tournament 1999, 2000



Dixie Conference Champions 1933, 1935, 1936
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions 1933


Trans-America Athletic Conference Tournament Champions 1999, 2000
Trans-America Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions 1999
Trans-America Athletic Conference West Division Regular Season Champions 1996, 1997
Dixie Conference Tournament Champions 1953

National Individual Awards


National Football Foundation Hall of Fame 2006: Bobby Bowden (coach)
NCAA Division I FCS First-Team All-Americans 1994: Anthony Jordan (AP)
2002: Cortland Finnegan (KR)
2003: Efrem Hill (WR)
2004: Efrem Hill (WR)
2005: Cortland Finnegan (DB)
2012: Jaquiski Tartt (DB)
2013: Fabian Truss (AP)
2013: Justin Shade (LB)
2014: Jaquiski Tartt (DB)
NCAA Division II Football First-Team All-Americans 1936: Norman Cooper (C)


Samford has yet to have an individual honored with a national award in basketball.

External Links

Samford University Athletics