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Southwestern University Football Returns

Updated: Monday, August 19 2013, 11:08 PM CDT

Of the 27 different majors offered at Southwestern University, History is not among the most popular. That might change this fall.

Last week, the oldest university in Texas welcomed it's biggest freshman class ever as more than 500 first-year students moved-in to the Georgetown campus. But the largest chapter of this fall's crash course on history happens on the field.

For the first time since the program was discontinued in April of 1951, Southwestern has a football team.

"It's a once in a lifetime experience, coming to a brand new program," said freshman lineman Tyler Frisby. "We are just starting everything off and will be the big people on campus."

"I think the buzz is there," noted Dylan Wilburn, a Pirates sophomore running back. "There's a big fan base. There's cars driving by honking at us. They know that we're here. We've been able to practice and show off."

"It's memorable," admitted freshman tight end Brandon Fleischmann. "We are going to be setting the standard for incoming classes, recruiting classes and students themselves."

Head coach Joe Austin is saddled with the task of putting the Pirates back in play. But this isn't just any rebuilding job. SU is a charter member of the Southwest Conference, and even won back to back Sun Bowls in 1944 and 45.

"Things are going to happen," admitted Austin. "Things are going to be new and different everyday, so we are just taking it one day at a time and enjoying it. There's just so much anticipation for what's going to happen: it's football in central Texas."

Needless to say, a few things have happened since the Pirates played their last game in the fall of 1950. We've added six amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the New York Yankees have celebrated 14 world championships, your television went from black & white to color and we put a man on the moon.

But the Pirates say it's not out of this world to think Southwestern can be competitive despite going 63 years between football seasons.

"We don't want to be a doormat," Wilburn said. "We want to come out strong everyday. We don't want to be the new guy."

"People look at us like underdogs, the little guys on the block and they're just going to step all over us," added Frisby. "But that's not how it's going to be."

Many were dumbfounded how Southwestern, a school chartered by the Republic of Texas, could go more than a half century without a football team in a state with such pigskin prowess. But this fall, like many things on campus, that shortcoming is history.

By Adam Winkler
Southwestern University Football Returns


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Scores & Schedules

October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

New Orleans 28, Carolina 10

Sunday's Games

Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Houston, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Miami, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Denver at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Monday's Game

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Washington 105, Orlando 98

Minnesota 97, Detroit 91

New York 95, Cleveland 90

Dallas 120, Utah 102

L.A. Clippers 93, Oklahoma City 90

Friday's Games

Memphis at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Portland at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

New Jersey 2, Winnipeg 1, SO

Chicago 5, Ottawa 4, SO

Minnesota 4, San Jose 3, SO

Boston 3, Buffalo 2, OT

Pittsburgh 3, Los Angeles 0

Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 3

Florida 2, Arizona 1

St. Louis 2, Anaheim 0

Colorado 5, N.Y. Islanders 0

Vancouver 3, Montreal 2, OT

Friday's Games

Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m.

MLS PLAYOFFS

KNOCKOUT ROUND Eastern Conference

Thursday, Oct. 30: New York 2, Sporting Kansas City 1

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