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UT Martin Skyhawks football
2023 UT Martin Skyhawks football team
First season1925
Head coachJason Simpson
17th season, 107–84 (.560)
StadiumGraham Stadium
(capacity: 7,500)
LocationMartin, Tennessee
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
All-time record266–379–6 (.413)
Bowl record1–0 (1.000)
Conference titles5
ColorsNavy blue, orange, and white[1]
     
Websiteutmsports.com

The UT Martin Skyhawks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). The school's first football team was fielded in 1925, while known as Hall-Moody Junior College (later changing it to University of Tennessee Junior College in 1927, which they kept until 1950). The team plays its home games at the 7,500 seat Graham Stadium. They are coached by Jason Simpson.[2]

UT Martin's official mascot became the Skyhawks in 1995. The school lists three references regarding the name, such as the fact that when the school's first site was a Bible institute, the school's athletic teams were called "sky pilots", a frontier term for preachers. During World War II, UT Junior College contracted with the Naval War Training Service to help train pilots, who completed their flight training at an airport now near a high school. Also, Red-tail hawks are indigenous to the west Tennessee region. The previous names of the athletic team were the Junior Volunteers and the Pacers.

History

Classifications

  • 1961–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1991: NCAA Division II
  • 1992–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships

Conference championships

UT Martin has won six conference championships, four outright and two shared.[3]

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1936 Mississippi Valley Conference W. E. Derryberry 8–0 n/a
1937 6–2–1 n/a
1960 Volunteer State Athletic Conference Bob Carroll 7–3 n/a
1988† Gulf South Conference Don McLeary 11–2 7–1
2006† Ohio Valley Conference Jason Simpson 9–3 6–1
2021 10–3 5–1
2022† 7–4 5–0
2023† Big South–OVC Football Association 8–3 5–1

† denotes co-championship

Playoff appearances

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS

The Skyhawks have appeared in the FCS playoffs two times with an overall record of 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2006 First Round Southern Illinois L 30–36
2021 First Round
Second Round
Missouri State
Montana State
W 32–31
L 7–26

NCAA Division II

The Skyhawks have appeared in the Division II playoffs one time with an overall record of 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1988 First Round
Quarterfinals
Butler
Texas A&I
W 23–6
L 0–34

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of November 3, 2023.[4]

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
at Georgia at Kansas State at Oklahoma State at Indiana State Indiana State at Alabama
Missouri State Missouri State Southern Illinois at West Virginia at Ball State
HCU at Kennesaw State at UTEP at Memphis
at North Alabama North Alabama at Missouri State
at Samford

References

  1. ^ "UT Martin Artsheet" (PDF). UTMSports.com. March 10, 2022. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  2. ^ "2017 UT Martin Football Media Guide by UT Martin Skyhawk Athletics - Issuu".
  3. ^ "2017 UT Martin Football Media Guide by UT Martin Skyhawk Athletics - Issuu".
  4. ^ "UT Martin Skyhawks Football Future Schedules". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved December 8, 2022.
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