The University of Texas of the Permian – oh wait hold on. Rio Gra – nope not that one. It’s on this wiki list, I promise. Here it is: UT San Antonio was founded in 1969 (nice). It was not previously a Normal College, however. This bucks an interesting trend of at least two Conference USA schools.
Renowned architect, walking national historical marker, and North Texas alum O’Neil Ford was tasked to design a master plan for the campus. In San Antonio, Ford was known for designing the Tower of the Americas. In Denton, Ford is known for many buildings, including the Little Chapel in the Woods, the UNT Gazebo, the Civic Center, and City Hall. Ford’s designs mix modern European qualities with rustic Texan architecture. His master plan of UTSA was of Italian influence.
So that’s actually pretty cool.
UTSA’s first football team was signed in 2010 (I have shoes older than that), completing a four-year journey that began with a feasibility study in 2006. Under the late great head coach Larry Coker, UTSA played its first game as an FCS independent against Northeastern State in 2011. Their first season ended in a 4-6 record. The next two seasons as an FBS transitional saw UTSA compile a 15-9 record. This included big wins over North Texas (7-3) and Tulane (6-3) in 2013, their first season in Conference USA. Unfortunately, they were not eligible for bowls either year. So suck it 2013 UTSA.
Also, Wikipedia lists Texas State as UTSA’s rival FIRST. So there’s that.
After a successful FBS start, UTSA was only able to win 7 games the next two seasons. Larry Coker went on to resign after the 2015 season, paving the way for LSU Assistant HC and RB coach, Frank Wilson.
Wilson is largely considered the best coach ever by many San Antonians. San Antonio-uns? San – whatever. They love him.