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The Missouri State Bears football program is the college football team that represents Missouri State University located in Springfield, Missouri. MissouriThe Missouri State Bears football program is the college football team that represents Missouri State University located in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri State competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The school was known as Southwest Missouri State until 2005 when they changed the name to Missouri State. Missouri State's first football team was fielded in 1909 and the first coach in program history was Walter Langston who went 4-2 in his only season as head coach. Prior to 1923, the team competed as an Independent. From 1923 to 1980, Missouri State were members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which Missouri State was a founding member of. During that time the Bears were classified in the NCAA College Division from 1958 to 1972. From 1973 to 1980 the Bears played in NCAA Division II. Missouri State moved up to the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in time for the 1981 season, which was their first season in Division I-AA. In 1985 the Bears became a founding member of the Gateway Football Conference which later became the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2008. Missouri State has an all time record of 470-519-39 and have won 9 conference championships. They won their most recent conference championship in 1990. The 1990 season also, saw Missouri State ranked 2nd in the country for 3 weeks from 10/15/1990 to 10/29/1990. This is still the highest ranking school history. The team plays its home games at the 17,500 seat Robert W. Plaster Stadium which has been its home since 1941. Plaster Stadium is the 4th largest stadium in the conference and the second largest college football specific venue in Missouri. The Bears have had 21 head coaches in their history, including their current head coach Bobby Petrino. The 2020 season will be his first at Missouri State.
The Youngstown State Penguins football team represents Youngstown State University in college football. Youngstown State currently plays as a member ofThe Youngstown State Penguins football team represents Youngstown State University in college football. Youngstown State currently plays as a member of the NCAA at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) and are a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). The Penguins have played their home games in Stambaugh Stadium, more commonly called "The Ice Castle," since 1982. YSU football has been one of the leading programs in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, winning four national championships under former head coach Jim Tressel (currently YSU President), which is third behind North Dakota State's eight titles and Georgia Southern's six. Overall, YSU has made 11 playoff appearances since Division I FCS (then Division I-AA) was formed in 1978.