History and heritage have deep roots in the city of Kingsville, Texas. A tradition of farming and ranching built the community. It continues to grow thanks in large part to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). Founded in 1925, the athletics department launched a football program shortly afterward in 1929. Since that time, the Javelinas have become one of the most dominant Division II programs in the country.
Playing in the Southern Athletic Association, the Trinity University Tigers have developed into one of college football’s most successful Division III programs in the country. In 2007 they gained national prominence for a play against Millsaps College that became known as the Mississippi Miracle. They were also runners up for the DIII National Championship in 2002, and have consistently fielded a playoff contending team.
Rice University has fielded collegiate football since the 1912 season. In that time, the school has produced eight College Football Hall of Famers – including former Head Coach John Heisman – and 18 All-Americans. The Owls have a 7-5 record in bowl games, including a win in the 1937 Cotton Bowl Classic over Colorado, and have won eight conference championships, mostly during the heyday of the Southwest Conference.
Cradled within the Tempe Buttes is historic Sun Devil Stadium, home of the eponymous Arizona State Sun Devils. Built in 1958, the stadium has been renovated multiple times over the years, and has been the home of not only Sun Devil football, but the host of the Fiesta Bowl, the Cactus Bowl, and even the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
When Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SSE), the parent owners of the San Antonio Spurs, was awarded an expansion franchise in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2016, they purchased a controlling interest in Toyota Field and started up San Antonio FC. The stadium, which was newly minted as of 2013, had been created to be the home of the now defunct San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League.
In 2009, a new professional football venture was introduced to the United States when the organization now known as the Legends Football League was born. The league was designed as a vehicle for professional women’s football, and offers a variation on the arena style of the game. Since its founding, the league has expanded to eight teams, and welcomed a team to Central Texas in 2016 – that season the Austin Acoustic were born. From its inception, the team has called H-E-B Center in Cedar Park their home stadium, and since it started the team has developed a loyal following in a region crazy about the sport. The Acoustic fill a niche in Austin, and have a great home field advantage in H-E-B Center.