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Central Arkansas Bears football

Central Arkansas Bears
2014 Central Arkansas Bears football team
First season 1908
Athletic director Brad Teague
Head coach Steve Campbell
Home stadium Estes Stadium
Stadium capacity 8,035
Stadium surface Fieldturf
Location Conway, AR
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 528–363–42 (.588)
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Claimed national titles 3 (NAIA)
Conference titles 19
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Current uniform

Purple and Gray

Rivals McNeese State
For information on all University of Central Arkansas sports, see Central Arkansas Bears

The Central Arkansas Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for University of Central Arkansas located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. Central Arkansas's first football team was fielded in 1908. The team plays its home games at the 8,035 seat Estes Stadium in Conway, Arkansas. The Bears are coached by Steve Campbell, in his first year.


  • History 1
  • Notable former players 2
  • Year-by-year results 3
  • Championships 4
    • Conference championships 4.1
    • National Championships 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Central Arkansas Bears were formed in 1901 by William Hawkins. Although they finished 1-4-3 in their first season, and have an unusual record of 23-54-22 in its' first twenty years of existence, the Bears would play for 7 championships in that span.

UCA would enjoy its' greatest success over a fourteen year period from 1979 to 1992, when the Bears won or shared thirteen of the fourteen conference championships, as member's of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC). The AIC included in-state schools such as Arkansas Tech, Harding University, Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas at Monticello, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During that time frame, UCA won or shared twelve consecutive AIC titles from 1981 - 1992, as well as three NAIA national championships, in 1984, 1985, and 1991. The Bears were a constant presence in the NAIA Top 20, and made the playoffs twelve out of fourteen seasons.

In 1993, the Bears left the AIC and the NAIA, and moved up in competition to the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference. Central Arkansas would stay in the West Division of the GSC through the 2006 season, winning the GSC title in 2005. UCA moved up yet again in 2007, joining the Southland Conference, a member of the NCAA Division I-AA, where they currently compete. The Bears have since won two Southland championships in 2008 and 2012. Central Arkansas also made the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, winning their first I-AA playoff game in 2011 over Tennessee Tech.

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results


2013-2014 season
Date Opponent Outcome Score
8-30-2013 University of the Incarnate Word Win 58-7
9-7-2013 University of Colorado Boulder Loss 24-38
9-14-2013 University of Tennessee At Martin Loss 23-24
9-21-13 Missouri State University Win 17-13
10-5-13 McNeese State University Loss 28-59
10-12-13 Nebraska Kearney Win 31-0
10-19-13 Lamar University Win 26-24
10-26-13 Stephen F. Austin Win 66-31
11-2-13 Northwestern State University Loss 28-31
11-9-13 Southeastern Louisiana University Loss 31-58
11-16-13 Nicholls State University Win 17-10
11-23-13 Sam Houston State University Win 49-31


Conference championships

1939, 1959, 1960, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2008, 2012

The conference championships won between 1979 and 1992, were as members of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC), an NAIA Division I conference.

The 2005 conference championship was as a member of the Gulf South Conference, an NCAA Division II conference.

The 2008 and 2012 conference titles were as a member of the Southland Conference, an NCAA Division I-AA conference, or Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

National Championships

1984, 1985, 1991

All three national titles were won on the NAIA Division I level. The head coach in 1984 and 1985 was Harold Horton. The head coach in 1991 was Mike Isom.

UCA was the national runners-up in 1976, after losing to Texas A&I in the national championship game.


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External links

  • Official website
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