Louisville Bulls

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Louisville Bulls
Team logo
Established 1988
Folded 2011
Based in Louisville, Kentucky
Head coach Don Hillerich
General manager Don Hillerich
Owner(s) Don Hillerich
League Independent (1988–1989)
Hearts of Ohio Football League (1990–1991)
Mid-Continental Football League (1992–2011)
Colors Red and black          
Website http://www.eteamz.com/LouisvilleBulls/
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The Louisville Bulls were an American football team located in Louisville, Kentucky.[1]

History

The Bulls were founded in 1988,[2] under Louisville Bulls INC, by Don Hillerich. By 1994, the Louisville Bulls were incorporated as a non-profit organization. The team played as an independent in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, the Bulls joined the Hearts of Ohio Football League (HOFL). The following year, the Bulls won the HOFL championship. In 1992, the Bulls joined the Mid Continental Football League (MCFL).[2] In 2004, the Bulls were nationally ranked as the 8th best semi-pro football team in the Midwest.[3] In 2008, the Bulls would win the National Division of the MCFL and play the Detroit Seminoles in the championship game, their only appearance in the MCFL title game.[4] In August 2011, the Bulls folded.[5]

Team identity

Nickname

The Bulls were inspired by the Jacksonville Bulls of the United States Football League[citation needed].

The first helmets worn by the team featured a similar design to that of the Jacksonville Bulls, which included a wrap around logo of a bull.[6] By the 1990s, the team would switch to their primary logo, which was a black bull in the shape of an L.

Uniforms

Throughout the majority of Bulls history, the uniforms remained constant. The Bulls always wore red helmets, with either red or black face mask. Red jerseys were always used for home games and white jerseys for road games. The Bulls switched from red to black pants several times, but settled on black pants after 2004.

During the 2008 MCFL Championship game, the Bulls borrowed silver pants from Holy Cross High School and wore them during the game. Subsequently, the Holy Cross football team wore the Bulls' black pants during an October 4 game vs DeSales High School.

Rivalries

Kings Comets

The Bulls held a historical riviarly with the Kings Comets, a semi-pro football team out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bulls victories Comets victories
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 1999 Cincinnati, OH Comets 21–20
2 2004 Cincinnati, OH Comets 35–7
3 2005 Louisville, KY Bulls 20–14
4 2006 Cincinnati, OH Bulls 28–21
5 2007 Louisville, KY Bulls 34–21
6 2008 Cincinnati, OH Bulls 23–8
7 2009 Cincinnati, OH Comets 33–12
8 2010 Louisville, KY Comets 17–0
Series: Tied 4–4

Kokomo/Indiana Mustangs

Bulls victories Mustangs victories
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 1997 Louisville, KY Mustangs 14–10
2 1999 Kokomo, IN Mustangs 19–13
3 2000 Kokomo, IN Mustangs 28–25
4 2001 Louisville, KY Mustangs 3–0
5 2002 Louisville, KY Mustangs 16–13
6 2003 Louisville, KY Mustangs 21–14
7 2004 Louisville, KY Bulls 20–18
8 2005 Kokomo, IN Mustangs 16–15
9 2006 Louisville, KY Bulls 27–10
10 2007 Noblesville, IN Mustangs 14–7
11 2008 Louisville, KY Bulls 17–13
12 2009 Noblesville, IN Mustangs 16–14
13 2010 Louisville, KY Bulls 44–6
14 2011 Noblesville, IN Bulls 42–14
Series: Mustangs leads 9–5

Seasons

  • The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions
Season Team League Conference Division Regular Season Post Season Results Awards Head coaches
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1988 1988 Independent 0 0 0 Don Hillerich
1989 1989 Independent 0 0 0 Don Hillerich
1990 1990 HOFL 0 0 0 Don Hillerich
1991 1991 HOFL 0 0 0 Won Hearts of Ohio Football League Championship Game Don Hillerich
1992 1992 MCFL 3rd 4 4 0 Don Hillerich
1993 1993 MCFL Central 4th 3 6 1 Don Hillerich
1994 1994 MCFL Southwest 2nd 6 3 1 Don Hillerich
1995 1995 MCFL West 3rd 6 4 1 Don Hillerich
1996 1996 MCFL 15th 4 6 0 Don Hillerich
1997 1997 MCFL 13th 1 9 0 Don Hillerich
1998 1998 MCFL West 1 10 0 Don Hillerich
1999 1999 MCFL East 6th 2 6 0 Don Hillerich
2000 2000 MCFL East 3rd 5 5 0 Lost Playoffs (Southern Michigan Timberwolves) 0–28 Don Hillerich
2001 2001 MCFL 6th 6 6 0 Lost Playoffs (Cleveland Lions) 15–25 Don Hillerich
2002 2002 MCFL 6th 2 4 0 Don Hillerich
2003 2003 MCFL 6th 4 8 0 Lost Playoffs (Michigan Twisters) 12–39 Don Hillerich
2004 2004 MCFL 3rd 9 5 0 Lost Playoffs (Jackson Bombers) 15–25 Don Hillerich (Coach of the Year Award) Don Hillerich
2005 2005 MCFL 7th 5 5 0 Don Hillerich
2006 2006 MCFL 4th 9 4 0 Won Playoffs (Southern Michigan Timberwolves) 22–19
Lost Playoffs (Detroit Seminoles) 6–38
Don Hillerich
2007 2007 MCFL 9th 5 5 0 Don Hillerich
2008 2008 MCFL National 1st 9 3 0 Won Playoffs (Indiana Mustangs) 31–12
Lost Mid Continental Football League Championship Game (Detroit Seminoles) 0–35
Mike Snyder (Defensive Player of the Year) Don Hillerich
2009 2009 MCFL South 3rd 4 6 0 Don Hillerich
2010 2010 MCFL 5th 5 5 0 Don Hillerich
2011 2011 EMCFL Western Ohio 2nd 4 4 2 Don Hillerich
Regular Season 0 0 0 – Winning percentage
Postseason 0 0 0 – Winning percentage
Overall 0 0 0 – Winning percentage

References

  1. ^ Kleber, John E., ed. (2001). "Football". The Encyclopedia of Louisville. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. p. 307. ISBN 0-8131-2100-0. OCLC 247857447. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Louisville Bulls: History". Louisville Bulls. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "FINAL RANKINGS FOR THE FALL SEASON OF 2004!". Minor League Football News. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mid-Continental Football League 2008 Standings". Semi-pro Football.org. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Louisville Bulls cease operations". Louisville Bulls Official Facebook page. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Louisville Bulls team photo". Louisville Bulls Alumni Official Facebook page. Retrieved February 19, 2016. [permanent dead link]

External links

  • Official website
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