William & Mary Tribe football
|William & Mary Tribe football|
|Athletic director||Brian Mann|
|Head coach||Mike London |
4th season, 23–16 (.590)
|Field surface||FieldTurf Pro|
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Past conferences||Independent (1893–1915) |
Virginia Conference (1932–1935)
Division I Independent (1977)
Division I-A Independent (1978–1981)
Division I-AA Independent (1982–1992)
|Bowl record||1–2 (.333)|
James Madison (dormant)
Old Dominion (dormant)
|Colors||Green, gold, and silver|
|Fight song||"Tribe Fight Song"|
The William & Mary Tribe are a college football team representing the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. William & Mary competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. They are currently coached by Mike London. He succeeds Jimmye Laycock, who was the head coach of the Tribe for 39 years.
William & Mary's traditional rival in football is the University of Richmond. William & Mary and Richmond have met 120 times since 1898, making the rivalry (sometimes referred to as "the South's oldest rivalry") the fourth most-played in Division I college football. Only Lafayette–Lehigh, Princeton–Yale, and Harvard–Yale have played more games. The winner of this annual W&M–Richmond match-up claims the Capital Cup (previously known as the I-64 Trophy), named for the last two Virginia state capitals, Richmond and Williamsburg. In 2008, William & Mary opened the Jimmye Laycock Football Center, housing the Tribe locker room, football players' classroom study sessions and tape review rooms.
The College of William & Mary has transitioned through several official nicknames since its athletic program began in 1893. From 1893 to 1916, William & Mary football players were known as the Orange and White because those were the old official school colors. From 1916 to 1977, all William & Mary athletes were known as the Indians. Since 1978, they have been known as the Tribe.
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The William & Mary Tribe football team had sustained success during Jimmye Laycock's tenure. Since his taking over as head coach, W&M enjoyed over 25 winning seasons and 10 playoff appearances, the 23rd most appearances of any FCS program. The long-time head-coach led the Tribe to multiple playoff appearances, including the national semifinal game on two occasions. Most recently, the Tribe lost in a quarterfinal matchup against University of Richmond in 2015. In 2009 the Tribe also reached the semifinal against eventual champions Villanova in 2009, losing by a single point. The team has also appeared in three bowl games: the 1948 Dixie Bowl, 1949 Delta Bowl and 1970 Tangerine Bowl. The Tribe are 1–2 in those games, with the lone win being a 20–0 victory over Oklahoma A&M in 1949.
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Aside from William & Mary's lengthy Capital Cup rivalry with the University of Richmond, the Tribe also hold historic rivalries with in-state opponents like James Madison University and the Virginia Military Institute, as well as out-of-state opponents like the University of Delaware. As of 2022, the Richmond Spiders and Delaware Blue Hens are still football members of the Colonial Athletic Association with William & Mary. William & Mary also maintains older, less intense rivalries with the VMI Keydets from its days in the Southern Conference, and the Virginia Cavaliers as part of the unofficial Jefferson Cup, named after Thomas Jefferson, who attended the College of William & Mary before founding the University of Virginia. The Tribe holds non-conference rivalries against the Old Dominion Monarchs and the James Madison Dukes of the Sun Belt Conference, both competing in the CAA before joining the FBS in 2014 and 2022, respectively.
- Records through November 19, 2022
|Opponent (Rivalry)||Match Ups||Record|
|Richmond (Capital Cup)||128||64–64–5|
|James Madison (Rivalry)||41||17–27|
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Currently in the NFL
Current as of the 2023 football season.
- Joe Brady (Class of 2012) – quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills
- David Corley Jr. (Class of 2003) – assistant quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Mark Duffner (Class of 1975) – senior defensive assistant for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Sean McDermott (Class of 1998) – head coach of the Buffalo Bills
- Robert Livingston (Class of 2009) – secondary coach for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Kevin Rogers (Class of 1974) – senior offensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns
- Mike Tomlin (Class of 1995) – head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; youngest head coach in NFL history to lead team to Super Bowl win (36 years old; Super Bowl XLIII)
- Alan Williams (Class of 1992) – defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears
- DeAndre Houston-Carson (Class of 2016) – safety for the Chicago Bears
- Bill Murray (Class of 2020) - Defensive Tackle for the New England Patriots
- Luke Rhodes (Class of 2016) - linebacker and long snapper for the Indianapolis Colts; two-time All-Pro selection (2020, 2021)
- Andrew Trainer (Class of 2022) – offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers
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Currently in the CFL
- Billy Parker (Class of 2004) – analyst for the Vegas Vipers
- Adrian Tracy (Class of 2010) – defensive end for the Toronto Argonauts
- Devonte Dedmon (Class of 2019) – wide receiver and kick returner for the Ottawa Redblacks; John Agro Special Teams Award recipient (2021)
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The Tribe have won 13 conference championships, with five won outright.
|Year||Coach||Conference||Overall record||Conference record|
|1933†||John Kellison||Virginia Conference||6–5||2–1|
|1934†||John Kellison||Virginia Conference||2–6||2–1|
|1935||Thomas Dowler||Virginia Conference||3–4–3||1–1–1|
|1942||Carl M. Voyles||Southern Conference||9–1–1||4–0|
|1947||Rube McCray||Southern Conference||9–2||7–1|
|1966†||Marv Levy||Southern Conference||5–4–1||4–1–1|
|1970||Lou Holtz||Southern Conference||5–7||3–1|
|1996||Jimmye Laycock||Yankee Conference||10–3||7–1|
|2001†||Jimmye Laycock||Atlantic 10 Conference||8–4||7–2|
|2004†||Jimmye Laycock||Atlantic 10 Conference||11–3||7–1|
|2010†||Jimmye Laycock||Colonial Athletic Association||8–4||6–2|
|2015†||Jimmye Laycock||Colonial Athletic Association||9–4||6–2|
|2022†||Mike London||Colonial Athletic Association||10–1||7–1|
The Tribe have one division title, won during their time in the Yankee Conference.
|1993||Jimmye Laycock||Yankee Conference||Mid-Atlantic Division||7–1|
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1933 William & Mary Indians football team
1934 William & Mary Indians football team
1935 William & Mary Indians football team
1942 William & Mary Indians football team
Carl M. Voyles
1947 William & Mary Indians football team
1966 William & Mary Indians football team
1970 William & Mary Indians football team
William & Mary have participated in three bowl games. The Tribe have a record of 1–2.
|January 1, 1948||Dixie Bowl||Arkansas||L 19–21|
|January 1, 1949||Delta Bowl||Oklahoma A&M||W 20–0|
|December 28, 1970||Tangerine Bowl||Toledo||L 12–40|
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The Tribe have participated in the playoffs 11 times, with 18 total playoff games played for a record of 8–11.
|1986||First Round||Delaware||L 17–51|
|1989||First Round||Furman||L 10–24|
|1993||First Round||McNeese State||L 28–34|
|2001||First Round||Appalachian State||L 27–40|
|2010||Second Round||Georgia Southern||L 15–31|
Halls of Fame inductees
- Jack Cloud – Set a school scoring record of 102 points in 1947 and once scored five touchdowns in a single game
- Bill Fincher – Did not attend W&M, but coached the Indians in 1921
- Lou Holtz – Did not attend W&M, but coached the Indians from 1969–1971 and led the team to the 1970 Tangerine Bowl
- Bill Ingram – Did not attend W&M, but Ingram began his coaching career at William & Mary, where in 1922 he managed a 6–3 record
- Buster Ramsey – In his four years (1939–1942) the school had a record of 29–7–3; the 1942 team were Southern Conference champions
National Football League (NFL)
- Lou Creekmur – After playing for the Indians he went on to become of one of the most successful offensive tackles in Detroit Lions history
- Marv Levy – Did not attend W&M, but coached William & Mary for five years (1964–1968), earning two Southern Conference Coach of the Year awards and one SoCon title (1966); the 27–16 win over Navy in 1967 is considered by the NCAA to be one of the top 10 greatest upsets in college football history
Canadian Football League (CFL)
- Mike "Pinball" Clemons – compiled 4,778 all-purpose yards and was named a Division I-AA All-American
- Ralph Sazio – was a mainstay of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager and team president
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Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of December 9, 2022.
|Wofford||VMI||at Furman||at VMI||VMI||at VMI|
|at Charleston Southern||at Coastal Carolina||at Virginia||Colgate|
|at Virginia||at Wofford||at Virginia|
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