Cumberland Phoenix football
|Athletic director||Ron Pavan|
2nd year, 13–9 (.591)
|Stadium||Lindsey Donnell Stadium|
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1895-1903)|
Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference (1932-1941)
|Bowl record||0–0 (–)|
|Conference titles||1 SIAA; 1 Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference|
Cardinal and White|
The Cumberland Phoenix football team represents Cumberland University in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference. The Phoenix formerly competed in the TranSouth Athletic Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Cumberland football began on October 26, 1894 with a 6-6 tie with Peabody and finished that first year with a 2-1-1 season record. The early days of Cumberland football were very promising. The pinnacle of the early days of CU football was the 1903 season that began with a (6-0) win over Vanderbilt then a (0-6) loss to Sewanee and continued with a five-day road trip with victories over Alabama (44-0) November 14, 1903, LSU (41-0) November 16, 1903, and Tulane (28-0) November 18, 1903. Cumberland would play a postseason game against Coach John Heisman's Clemson team on Thanksgiving Day that ended in an 11-11 tie and a record of 4-1-1 which gave Coach A. L. Phillips and Cumberland University the Championship of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The 1916 game against Georgia Tech is famous as the most lopsided-scoring game in the history of college football; Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland by a score of 222–0.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1903||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association||A. L. Phillips||4–1–1||4–1–1|
|1935||Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference||Gus Morrow|
Notable individual achievements
Cumberland Athletics Hall of Fame
- 1903: Marvin O. Bridges, guard
- 1903: Red Smith, center
- 1904: Willard Steele, halfback
- 1905: Red Smith, center
- Cumberland University Graphic Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-12.
- Winstead Paine Bone. A History of Cumberland University, 1842-1935.
- "Champions of the South regardless of conference affiliation".
- Langum, David J. From Maverick to Mainstream: Cumberland School of Law, 1847-1997. p. 95.
- "Makes a Record Score". The Washington Post. October 8, 1916. p. S3.