Texas Southern Tigers football
2022 Texas Southern Tigers football team
Texas Southern University box logo.png
First season1947
Head coachClarence McKinney
3rd season, 4–21 (.160)
StadiumPNC Stadium
(capacity: 22,000)
Year built2012
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationHouston, Texas
All-time record330–439–27 (.432)
Unclaimed national titles2 (Black College): 1952, 2010
Conference titles4 (1 MWAA, 3 SWAC)
ColorsMaroon and gray[1]

The Texas Southern Tigers is the college football team representing Texas Southern University, a historically black university (HBCU) in Houston. The Tigers play in the NCAA's Division I FCS as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), a conference whose members are all HBCUs. In 2012, the Tigers moved into the new PNC Stadium, built for the city's Major League Soccer team, the Houston Dynamo. It replaced the Alexander Durley Sports Complex as the home of Tiger football.


BBVA Stadium
BBVA Stadium


Conference memberships

Football Classics

Labor Day Classic

The Tigers compete against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M in the Labor Day Classic for the Durley-Nicks Trophy. The popular football rivalry began in 1946 but the classic was created in 1985.

Texas State Fair Football Showdown

Texas Southern University agreed to a major deal with the city of Dallas and the Texas State Fair to play the Southern University Jaguars in Dallas in 2018 and 2019. The game will take place in October in the Cotton Bowl Stadium during the Texas State Fair.[2]

TV Broadcasting

In July 2017, Texas Southern renewed their deal with AT&T SportsNet (formerly ROOT Sports Southwest) to televise all home football games. The cable channel reaches over 13 million households.[3]



Year Championship Coach Overall record Conference
1952 Black College National co-champions Alexander Durley 10-0-1 MWAA
2010 Black College National co-champions Johnnie Cole 9-3 SWAC

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1952† Midwest Athletic Association Alexander Durley 10–0–1
1956 Southwestern Athletic Conference Alexander Durley 9–2 5–1
1964† Southwestern Athletic Conference Clifford Paul 5–4–1 4–2–1
1968† Southwestern Athletic Conference Clifford Paul 6–4 6–1
2010* Southwestern Athletic Conference Johnnie Cole 9–3 8–1
Total Conference Championships: 4 (1 vacated)
† Denotes co-champions * Denotes vacated title

Alumni in the NFL

Over 60 Texas Southern alumni have played in the NFL or AFL,[4] including:

°° Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

2012 NCAA sanctions

In October 2012, the NCAA found Texas Southern University guilty of repeated rules violations in 13 sports over a seven-year period from 2005 to 2012. The most serious violations occurred within the football and men's basketball programs, involving academic fraud, illicit benefits given to student athletes, lying on the part of coaches, and lying to the NCAA about previously self-imposed sanctions.[5]

Prior to the NCAA's verdict, the school had taken numerous corrective measures—including the April 2011 firing of football coach Johnnie Cole (2010 SWAC Football Coach of the Year) and vacating every game that the Tiger football team had won from 2006 to 2010 - including the 2010 SWAC Championship, their first championship in 42 years.[6]

The NCAA banned TSU's football team from the 2013 and 2014 postseason.[7]

See also


  1. ^ TSU Graphic Standards (PDF). September 1, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ JOHNSON, LUKE. "'This is a major deal' Southern to play Texas Southern in 2018-19 Texas State Fair Football Showdown". theadvocate.com.
  3. ^ "AT&T SportsNet set to broadcast TSU home football games". Texas Southern University.
  4. ^ "Texas Southern Players/Alumni - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "NCAA". archive.org. 26 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "NCAA imposes postseason bans for Texas Southern". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  7. ^ [1] The New York Times, 2012-10-09.