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Birmingham–Southern Panthers football

Birmingham–Southern Panthers football
First season 1918
Athletic director Joe Dean
Head coach Eddie Garfinkle
5 year, 27–22–0  (.551)
Home stadium Panther Stadium (Birmingham–Southern)
Stadium capacity 1,600
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Conference SAA
All-time record 117–110–16 (.514)
Postseason bowl record 0–0–0

Black and Gold

Mascot Panthers
Website BSC Athletics

The Birmingham–Southern Panthers football team represents Birmingham–Southern College (BSC) in the NCAA Division III, competing as part of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. BSC plays its home games at the 1,600 seat Panther Stadium, which is located on-campus in Birmingham, Alabama and opened in November 2008. Although only fielding a team since the 2007 season, Birmingham–Southern previously fielded a team from the 1918 season that was later disbanded following the 1939 season.[1]


Prior to the consolidation of Southern University and Birmingham College, each fielded football squads. Between 1904 to 1917, Birmingham College compiled a 19–32–4 record, and between 1909 to 1916 Southern University compiled a 3–16–11 record.[2] Following the consolidation of the schools as Birmingham–Southern, the program compiled an overall record of 87–80–16 between 1918–39, winning Dixie Conference championships in 1932, 1934, and 1937.[2]

During this period, the Panthers played their home games at the Munger Bowl, which was located on-campus and subsequently demolished in the 1960s to make way for campus expansion.[3] Additionally, Howard College, now Samford University, was BSC's biggest rival with the annual contest being called the Magic City Classic and played in Rickwood Field before serving as the opening contest at Legion Field in 1929.[2] Following the 1939 season, football was disbanded with the school citing its overall costs and influence on the school.[2]

After a nearly 70 year hiatus, on May 26, 2006, the board of trustees that Birmingham–Southern would field a Division III football team to begin competition for the 2007 season.[4] By the following June, Joey Jones was announced as the programs head coach,[5] and on September 6, 2007, the Panthers defeated the Mississippi College junior varsity 41–13 at Legion Field for the first victory of the revived program.[6] After a 3–7 first season, Jones would leave BSC to become the first head coach at South Alabama, and in February 2008 Eddie Garfinkle was announced as the Panthers head coach.[7]


Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Independent) (1918–1920)
1918 Baby Haynes 1–1 Independent
1919 Charles H. Brown 4–3 Independent
1920 Charles H. Brown 6–2 Independent
Independent: 11–6
Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1921–1931)
1921 Charles H. Brown 4–4–1 SIAA
1922 Charles H. Brown 1–6–1 SIAA
1923 Charles H. Brown 1–5–2 SIAA
1924 Harold Drew 4–4–1 SIAA
1925 Harold Drew 7–3–1 SIAA
1926 Harold Drew 5–3–2 SIAA
1927 Harold Drew 3–6 SIAA
1928 Jenks Gillem 3–2–4 SIAA
1929 Jenks Gillem 4–4 SIAA
1930 Jenks Gillem 5–4 SIAA
1931 Jenks Gillem 3–4 SIAA
SIAA: 40–45–12
Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Dixie Conference) (1932–1939)
1932 Jenks Gillem 5–3 Dixie
1933 Jenks Gillem 3–3–3 Dixie
1934 Jenks Gillem 9–0 Dixie
1935 Jenks Gillem 2–6 Dixie
1936 Jenks Gillem 4–5 Dixie
1937 Jenks Gillem 6–2 Dixie
1938 Jenks Gillem 4–5 Dixie
1939 Jenks Gillem 3–5–1 Dixie
Dixie Conference: 36–29–4
Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Did not field a team) (1940–2006)
Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2007–2011)
2007 Joey Jones 3–7 SCAC
2008 Eddie Garfinkle 3–7 SCAC
2009 Eddie Garfinkle 4–6 SCAC
2010 Eddie Garfinkle 6–4 SCAC
2011 Eddie Garfinkle 7–2 SCAC
SCAC: 23–26
Birmingham–Southern Panthers (Southern Athletic Association) (2012–present)
2012 Eddie Garfinkle 7–3 SAA
SAA: 7–3
Total: 117–110–16
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

Head coaches

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1918 Baby Haynes 1 1–1–0 .500
1919–1923 Charles H. Brown 5 16–20–4 .450
1924–1927 Harold Drew 4 19–16–4 .538
1928–1939 Jenks Gillem 12 51–43–8 .539
2007 Joey Jones 1 3–7 .300
2008–present Eddie Garfinkle 5 27–22 .551
Totals 6 coaches 27 117–110–16 .514


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