Prairie View A&M University, commonly abbreviated PVAMU or PV, is a historically black university located in Prairie View, Texas, and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. They are members of the Southwestern Athletic conference, and have been playing football since 1907.
PVAMU as stated above, started playing football in 1907. They played one game that season and won 7-0. Officially the panthers hired their first coach in 1924 by the name of H.B. Hucles. However Prairie View's most recognized coach was William "Billy" Nicks. He was head coach in 1945–47, assistant coach in 1948–51, and head coach again in 1952–65. His record for 17 years was 127-39-8. He led the Panthers to 8 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships and 5 black college national championships. Nicks was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Coach Nicks was also named the American Football Coaches Association’s recipient of the Trailblazer Award.
Prairie View is recognized as the first historically Black university to create and play in a post-season bowl game. The Prairie View Bowl was played in Texas between 1928 and 1962.
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PVAMU has a current enrollment of around 8500 students. The school was established in 1876, and have a long time motto of “our tradition, your opportunity”. The school Broke ground in November 2014, on a $60 million football stadium and athletic field house. The facility will be 55,000 square feet and hold up to 30,000 people. The project is scheduled to be completed before the 2016 football season, doubling the current seating. The Panthers have an all-time record of 401–459–34 and an all-time bowl record of 24–25–1. The Panthers lay claim to 5 Black College National Titles, and 11 Conference titles, the latest coming in 2009 after finishing with an undefeated season. The Panthers also have 30 alumni who have played in the NFL including the likes of Charlie Brackins, Ken Houston, and Quinton Spears to name a few. The Panthers also have a record they are not proud of, losing 80 straight games from 1989-1998.
The Panthers don’t have much of an established Rivalry but PVAMU annual football classics include the Labor Day Classic versus Texas Southern. The Tigers leads the classic series 21-11, but last weekend the Panthers opened the season with a resounding 38-11 romp of the Tigers. They also tangle in the State Fair Classic in Dallas versus Grambling State, another school that is listed as a PVAMU rival.