Next Board of Directors Meeting:

The next meeting will be July 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Firehouse Restaurant, West Walnut Street, Johnson City, Tennessee

Good morning, You may already know. If not, on January 29th at 4:00PM the student government at EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY voted to increase fees $125.00 per semester to have football. Go to the JOHNSON PRESS website and read the details. The Student Government Association has stepped up. It is now time for alumni, community and friends to also step up and support the university and Dr. Noland in developing the new program. Your past support of the university is greatly appreciated, but this is not over with the student government vote. The university and Dr. Noland is going to need YOU to be a part of completing the program for the marching band, the football team and Title IX.. Please call 3 people that call another 3 people and ask them to contact Dr. Noland's office and say THANKS. And let him know that he can count on YOU for support in the future.



It’s the fourth quarter and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Buccaneer Football and Friends Foundation is the ONLY organization dedicated to the restoration of football and the marching band at ETSU.  We are the last hope.  Your help will keep this dream alive. We have met with Governor Haslam and several northeast Tennessee legislators.  We have attended selection committee meetings, as well as maintained contact with key members of the Tennessee Board of Regents. We will keep our supporters informed through our website and newsletters.  To win this fight, we need a commitment from YOU to become a supporter in the Buccaneer Football and Friends Foundation to prove to the new administration there is strong support for bringing back our football and marching band. Your contribution is qualified tax deduction under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3, and will be used solely for activities associated with restoring these programs, and will not be given to the university for any purpose. 

CLICK HERE to download a supporter form to send your commitment.


Joe Byrd
ETSU '97

This is Tusculum College at ETSU. I got it a few years ago from the Tusculum Sports Information Department. I don't have an exact year that it might be. The best info I can give you is Tusculum and ETSU played every year from 1921 through 1950 with the exception of 1923, 27, 28 and the war years.

Starting in 1931, they play in Johnson City in the odd years and in Greeneville in the even years, running all the way until Tusculum dropped football at the end of the 1950 season. My opinion, just judging by the looks of the uniforms, the buildings and the men standing in the background, is it was probably taken prior to WWII.

I can't identify which team is on offense or defense. I don't know if they had home and road jerseys back then, but it appears the guy running the ball is wearing a little darker shirt than the defender getting ready to tackle him. It also looks to me like the guys with the darker uniforms have some lighter colored stripes on the front of their shirts. You can see this if you look at the ball carrier's sleeve and the front of the guy at the extreme left.

Our Story

Welcome to the home for the Buc Football and Friends Foundation. A group that has been established to support the reinstatement of college football at our beloved university and alma mater.

East Tennessee State fielded intercollegiate football for over 80 years through the Depression, through times of War, and through times of social change.

In 2003, East Tennessee State University, playing scholarship football at the NCAA Division I-AA in the historic Southern Conference, became the victim of a fatal swoop from the university administration citing the elimination of the program as a "strategic business decision" due to the financial situation of the state, obligations for Title IX, and the need to better fund the program to remain competitive among its peers as the reasons for terminating the program.

As students, alumni, and friends of East Tennessee State, we are here to say that the idea of ETSU without the sport of football is not acceptable. The idea of our beloved alma mater losing it's membership status for all sports with one of the oldest and most respected conferences in the nation is not acceptable. ETSU has fielded athletic programs that have consistently been recognized and respected nationally and internationally and we feel that the legacy of thousands of Buccaneer athletes, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders, marching band members, and the loyal fans who have supported the programs, win or lose, is now diminished.

  • We will strive to have football at ETSU again with a permanent fundraising and advising strategy to ensure the success of the program;

  • We will work with alumni of other intercollegiate sports and programs (including the Marching Band & Cheerleaders) to ensure that the voices are heard;

  • We will help to provide scholarships to deserving young men and women to earn their college education via their athletic and musical talent;

  • We will work tirelessly to address the facility issues by directly promoting the development of a regional outdoor stadium and adjacent amenities that will serve not only the needs of college football, but the regional recreational and sports ventures; and

  • We will have a college football team that the region and alumni can hold in high regard not just because of wins on the field BUT because of the involvement in the community, the graduation of players, and the legacy of the graduates who laid the foundation for Buccaneer Football.

We invite you to join us as we establish this foundation for the future of Blue and Gold Football.

  Buc Football & Friends Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 250 • Mountain Home • Johnson City, TN 37684