Football Fun Fridays! the lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football.

Paul Pierce 1952Paul Pierce 1952 Photo

This booklet featured above is called, “From Coach to You,” and was done by new Director of Athletics and football Head Coach Paul “Red” Pierce in 1952 to introduce himself and the athletics program to the freshman students. Coach Pierce came to Sam Houston State in 1952 from his alma mater Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas.

While at Sam Houston State, Red’s BearKats won or tied for four conference championship in 1955, 1956, 1961 and 1964 and played four bowl games. In 1964, the BearKats shared the NAIA National Championship title with Concordia College with a final score of 7-7. The bowl games the Kats won during his tenure as head coach were the Shrimp Bowl, and two Refrigerator Bowls in 1953 & 1956. They also played in the 1958 Christmas Bowl but were upset by Northwestern State.

Coach Pierce left Sam Houston State in 1967 to return to Sul Ross State.

In 1978 Coach Pierce was inducted into the BearKat Athletics Hall of Honor.

Football Fun Fridays! the lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football

Houstonian Cartoon 09161972

Over the years, The Houstonian, has featured many cartoons within the pages of the 102 year old newspaper.

This football fun cartoon from the September 26, 1972, Houstonian, is an example of the work of the cartoon artist known only by his or her signature of Rowland. Rowland’s many cartoons throughout the fall of 1972 and spring of 1973 issues of the Houstonian feature an accurate caricature of the people and attitudes of the day on the Sam Houston State campus.

Come and see more of Rowland’s cartoons in the University Archives in room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

Football Fun Friday! The lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football.

Oilers Houstonian 08 06 1976

In our 100 years of football history the BearKats have shared their athletics facilities with professional and semi-professional teams. The most recognizable team that has used the SHSU athletics facilities would be The Houston Oilers. The Oilers held practice camp on the Sam Houston Campus every summer from 1974-1977. In 1978 the Oilers choose to move their summer camp to Stephen F. Austin University when Sam Houston State decided to start classes in mid-August.

The Oilers showed up on campus in the summer of 1974 with a long list of requests for modifications to the SHSU athletic facilities that only professional football players would need such as bigger beds, specific dietary requirements like prime rib and ice cream every night, a Nautilus room and oversize towels.

The photograph above is from The Houstonian, 8/6/1976.  If anyone can identify these Oilers players university archives would love to hear from you.

To learn more in-depth information about when the Oilers came to Sam Houston State University visit the University Archives in room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.