Published on August 28, 2019 by Joey Mullins  

The Samford football team kicked off the season in the nationally televised Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff against Youngstown State. Samford students, alumni and friends gathered to support the Bulldogs and enjoy fan experiences at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

The Office of Alumni Programs and Annual Giving and the Bulldog Club hosted a barbecue tailgate with nearly 200 Samford fans from five different states. In addition to the lunch, Samford’s outdoor FanFest event was packed with hundreds of children from the YMCA of Greater Montgomery and Next Level Football Camp, 160 student-athletes and athletic staff from other Samford teams enjoying a live band and inflatables.

“Whether an alumnus, a Bulldog Club member, parent of a student, or friend of the university, we all have a united passion for cheering for Samford athletes. We are thankful to the City of Montgomery staff for being a great host for Samford University,” Kasey Bodine, assistant director for development and Samford Bulldog Club said.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of college football.

The Office of Alumni Programs and Annual Giving and Samford Athletics will host additional tailgating events at this season’s games against Mercer and Auburn. Details and registration can be found at

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.