Welcome to C-USA: Texas-San Antonio

Similar to Old Dominion, UTSA's football program is in the early stages of its development, but despite that, the Roadrunners bring more to C-USA than meets the eye.

As announced in April 2012, the University of Texas at San Antonio has departed from the Western Athletic Conference and is one of the newest members of Conference-USA.

Just like the school itself, UTSA's football program has expanded rapidly in a short period of time – playing their inaugural season in 2011.

In the team's first season, former Miami Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker led the Roadrunners to a modest 4-6 record, before they competed in the WAC with an to 8-4 record the following year.

What they're known for

The new football team has garnered quite a bit of interest for UTSA, but before the Roadrunners competed on the gridiron, basketball was the school's main athletic attraction.

Coached by former NBA player Brooks Thompson, the Roadrunners made four NCAA Tournament appearances since 1981. In 2011, a 70-61 victory over Alabama State in The Opening round marked the team's first ever postseason tourney win.

As for rivalries, UTSA has built a strong disliking for Texas State dating back to 1991, when both schools were members of the Southland Conference. Known as the I-35 Maroon vs. Orange rivalry, it has now become a major cornerstone of both schools' athletic programs.

Originally, the rivalry was played out on the basketball court, with the winner of each year's game being awarded a trophy. Since then, it's evolved into a competition in all common sports with a point system. At the end of the year, the winning school's name is inscribed on the trophy, which is kept on the victor's campus to defend the following year.

2012-13 performance

As mentioned previously, UTSA's football program made large strides in 2012, despite only finishing fourth in the WAC standings.

Quarterback Eric Soza and running back Evans Okotcha helped lead the team's offense. Soza threw for 2,085 yards and 20 touchdowns – while rushing for six – but Okotcha was the featured runner. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns on the ground.

The Roadrunners saw similar success on the diamond by sporting an impressive 35-25 record). Their 15-11 conference record was only good enough for fourth place in the WAC—just behind rival Texas State.

Unfortunately, the Roadrunners didn't stand out in every sport. This past season was a disappointing one for UTSA's basketball team, which finished 10-22 (3-14 WAC).

Famous Roadrunners

Not too many sports superstars have come out of UTSA, but the school has produced some notable figures in the sports world.

After graduating, Michelle Beadle started her sports reporting career as an intern with the San Antonio Spurs. She eventally worked her way up to ESPN, where she co-hosted SportsNation with Colin Cowherd.

Beadle eventually left ESPN in May 2012 and joined NBC Sports. Since then, she has anchored the network's coverage of the London Olympics and currently hosts a sports, pop culture and entertainment show called "The Crossover".

Former San Antonio Spurs lock-down defender and current ESPN basketball analyst, Bruce Bowen, took classes at UTSA despite playing his college hoops at Cal State Fullerton.

Background

Just over 50 years old, the University of Texas at San Antonio has developed into a massive institution that caters to almost 26,000 undergraduates.

The Roadrunners only spent a handful of seasons in the WAC, but made quite the impact.


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