Long Beach State 49ers football

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Long Beach State 49ers football
First season1955
Last season1991
Stadium Veterans Memorial Stadium
(capacity: 11,600)
Field surfaceGrass
LocationLong Beach, California
Conference Big West Conference
All-time record1991834 (.521)
Bowl record001 (.500)
Conference titles3
ColorsBlack and Gold [1]
         

The Long Beach State 49ers football team represented California State University, Long Beach from the 1955 through 1991 seasons. The 49ers originally competed as an Independent before joining the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1958. By the 1969 season, the 49ers would join the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (now the Big West) as a founding member, where they remained until the program was suspended following the 1991 season. Long Beach played its home games at multiple stadiums throughout their history with the most recent being Veterans Memorial Stadium, in Long Beach, California. During their 37 years of competition, the 49ers compiled an all-time record of 199 wins, 183 losses and 4 ties. Three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were associated with the program during its otherwise forgettable last two years of existence, i.e., head coaches George Allen and Willie Brown, as well as running back Terrell Davis.

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History

The Long Beach State football team traces its roots to 1955 when looking to capitalize on the boosters for both USC and UCLA who resided in Long Beach, the 49ers program was established. [2] The program would see modest success, culminating with conference titles following both the 1970 and 1971 seasons, including the 49ers lone bowl, the 1970 Pasadena Bowl. Between the 1977 and 1982 seasons, Long Beach played the majority of their home games at Anaheim Stadium prior to moving back to Veterans Memorial Stadium for the 1983 season. [3] The 49ers would again win the PCAA championship following the 1980 season.

Before the 1990 season, the legendary George Allen came out of retirement to coach the 49ers. Allen led the team to an undefeated home schedule, although the overall won-loss record was 6-5. He recruited another future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a running back from San Diego Lincoln High named Terrell Davis. Allen died on December 31, 1990, leaving the future of the program in doubt. [4] The program continued for one more season, under rookie head coach Willie Brown, a former NFL star who like Allen and Davis is now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team went 2-9 in its last season. On December 10, 1991, University President Curtis McCray announced the 49ers football program would be disbanded immediately. [5] The decision to disband the football team was prompted by financial shortfalls resulting from California's budget crisis, coupled with increased costs of operating the program and declining fan support. [5]

Although the 49ers have not played a game since 1991, Long Beach is still the NCAA record holder in several categories. These records include: the most passes caught by a running back for both a single game and season with 18 and 99 respectively by Mark Templeton, during the 1986 season, [6] and leading the nation in total offense with an average of 326.8 yards per game for the 1982 season. [7]

Conference championships

Long Beach won three conference championships during their tenure as a program, two outright and one shared.

SeasonConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference Record
1970 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Jim Stangeland 9–2–15–1
1971 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Jim Stangeland 8–45–1
1980 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Dave Currey 8–35–0

† Co-champion

Recovery of game films

As many as 150 Long Beach State football games of full and partial game film have been located and are stored in Los Angeles. The majority of the games are on 16mm film, while some of the later games are on U-matic and Betamax format tapes. Many of the games have been transferred to digital video and are listed on the Long Beach State 49ers Football Game Film Archive website. [8] The story of the discovery and preservation of the game film was documented in the April 2015 issue of DIG Magazine in an article titled "Salvaged Memories". [9]

Bring back 49er football

Student efforts to revive a Division 1AA Football program began in April 2008 and led to a referendum in March 2011. The referendum took place March 21-March 24 online, only current CSULB students were able to cast a vote. 3084 people voted total with 52% of the student body voting "no" and 48% voting "yes". [10] [11]

Head coaches

Long Beach had 9 head coaches through 36 years of play, with a total record of 199–183–4 (.520).

TenureCoachSeasonsRecordPct.
1955–1957 Mike DeLotto 313–10.565
1958–1968 Don Reed 1157–47–2.547
1969–1973 Jim Stangeland 531–24–2.561
1974–1976 Wayne Howard 323–10.697
1977–1983 Dave Currey 740–36.526
1984–1986 Mike Sheppard 316–18.471
1987–1989 Larry Reisbig 311–24.314
1990 George Allen 16–5.545
1991 Willie Brown 12–9.182

Seasons

Conference Champions *Bowl game berth ^
SeasonHead coachConferenceSeason resultsBowl result
Conference finishWinsLossesTies
Long Beach State 49ers
1955 Mike DeLotto Independent 520
1956 Independent530
1957 Independent350
1958 Don Reed California Collegiate Athletic Association 261
1959 California Collegiate Athletic Association450
1960 California Collegiate Athletic Association531
1961 California Collegiate Athletic Association550
1962 California Collegiate Athletic Association550
1963 California Collegiate Athletic Association550
1964 California Collegiate Athletic Association820
1965 California Collegiate Athletic Association910
1966 California Collegiate Athletic Association630
1967 California Collegiate Athletic Association550
1968 California Collegiate Athletic Association370
1969 Jim Stangeland Pacific Coast Athletic Association 830
1970 *Pacific Coast Athletic Association921Tie 1970 Pasadena Bowl against Louisville Cardinals, 2424 ^
1971 *Pacific Coast Athletic Association840
1972 Pacific Coast Athletic Association560
1973 Pacific Coast Athletic Association191
1974 Wayne Howard Pacific Coast Athletic Association650
1975 Pacific Coast Athletic Association920
1976 Pacific Coast Athletic Association830
1977 Dave Currey Pacific Coast Athletic Association460
1978 Pacific Coast Athletic Association560
1979 Pacific Coast Athletic Association740
1980 *Pacific Coast Athletic Association830
1981 Pacific Coast Athletic Association280
1982 Pacific Coast Athletic Association650
1983 Pacific Coast Athletic Association840
1984 Mike Sheppard Pacific Coast Athletic Association470
1985 Pacific Coast Athletic Association660
1986 Pacific Coast Athletic Association650
1987 Larry Reisbig Pacific Coast Athletic Association470
1988 Big West Conference390
1989 Big West Conference480
1990 George Allen Big West Conference650
1991 Willie Brown Big West Conference290
Total1981834(only includes regular season games)
001(only includes bowl games)
1991834(all games)
References: [12]

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References

  1. "Colors | California State University Long Beach" . Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. Keisser, Bob (January 20, 2002). "Program struggled all along to survive". The Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  3. Staff Reports (December 11, 1991). "Looking back at 49er football". The Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  4. Staff Reports (January 10, 1991). "Major challenge faces L.B. State in post-Allen era". The Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  5. 1 2 Woolard, John (December 11, 1991). "Football gets sacked at CSULB". The Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  6. Receiving "Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records," NCAA, July 2008. p. 17. Accessed 2008-12-28
  7. Annual Offense Champions "Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records," NCAA, July 2008. p. 63. Accessed 2008-12-28
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  9. "April 2015". Issuu. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  10. Jarnigan, Blaine (March 24, 2011). "Nguyen, Thomas, Quibuyen win ASI elections; Football referendum fails". Daily 49er. California State University, Long Beach. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  11. Duenas, Sarah (November 29, 2017). "ASI members continue to lobby for a football at CSULB". Daily 49er. California State University, Long Beach. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  12. Cal St.-Long Beach Yearly Totals College Football Data Warehouse, cfbdatawarehouse.com. Accessed December 28, 2008.