USA College Football

Irish Players have played College Football since the 19th Century:

Below you will find a list of links to Irish Connections with the NCAA and NAIA stateside:

Division 1 Football Bowl Series and Division 1 Football Championship Series, were known as Division 1A and Division 1AA respectively. This was before the separation of the Big 5 Conferences in the FBS into the College Football Playoff.

Croke Park Classic 2014 Official Match Programme- University of Central Florida Knights v Penn State Nittany Lions - Croke Park 2014
Croke Park Classic 2014 Official Match Programme- University of Central Florida Knights v Penn State Nittany Lions – Croke Park 2014

Picture Credit: Croke Park Classic 2014 Official Match Programme- University of Central Florida Knights v Penn State Nittany Lions – Croke Park 2014 – Author’s Personal Collection

Irish-born College Football Players

Particular attention shall be given by Eirball to Notre Dame Fighting Irish (the big Irish Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana) and San Jose State Spartans (as Dublin is twinned with San Jose) as well as any Irish-born Football players in the NCAA FBS.

Irish-Born College Players & Coaches

NCAA;

Irish-Born College, Pro & NFL American Football Players

USC Trojans 1964-1967

Neil O’Donoghue Irish-Born GAA Football, Soccer and NFL American Football Player 1970-1985

(Auburn Tigers (NCAA Div IA), Buffalo Bills (NFL), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), St. Louis Cardinals (NFL))

Michael Mullen Irish-Born College American Football Player 1988-1990

(Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Div IA))

Emmett Waldron | Irish-Born Pro & College American Football Player 1993-1999

(Rice Owls (NCAA Div IA), Scottish Claymores (WLAF-NFLE)

Glenn Baker | Irish Born College American Football Player 2006-2007

(Cheshire Academy Cats (Prep School), Mount Ida Mustangs (NCAA Div III)

Connor Leckey | Irish-Born College American Football Player 2009-2011

(West Liberty Hilltoppers (NCAA Div III))

Darragh O’Neill | Irish Born College American Football Player 2011-2014

(Colorado Buffaloes (NCAA Div 1 FBS))

Sean Galvin | Irish-Born College American Football Player 2012-2014

(UCF Central Florida Knights (NCAA Div 1 FBS))

Irish-Born College Football Coaches & Personnel

Ian Jones Irish-Born GAA Football, Rugby Union and NFL American Football Coach 2010-Present

(South Carolina Gamecocks (NCAA Div 1 FBS), Penn State Nittany Lions (NCAA Div 1 FBS), Cleveland Browns (NFL) Houston Texans (NFL), Salt Lake Stallions (AAF))

Conal Fagan Irish-Born College American Football Cheerleader 2018-2020

(Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA Div 1 FBS)

Emerald Isle Classic 1989 Official Match Programme - Rutgers Scarlet Knights v Pittsburgh Panthers - Landsowne Road Dublin, 2nd December 1989
Emerald Isle Classic 1989 Official Match Programme – Rutgers Scarlet Knights v Pittsburgh Panthers – Landsowne Road Dublin, 2nd December 1989

Picture Credit: Emerald Isle Classic 1989 Official Match Programme – Rutgers Scarlet Knights v Pittsburgh Panthers – Landsowne Road Dublin, 2nd December 1989 – Author’s Personal Collection

NCAA College Football

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is the biggest of USA’s College Sports Assiociations, taking in all major American Sports, as well as Athletics, Soccer and numerous other sports. The NCAA Football Program is divided into four Divisions – In order of Merit they are: FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision), FCS (Football Championship Subdivision), Division II and Division III.

NCAA College Football

NCAAF Div. 1 FBS; NCAAF Div 1 FCS; NCAAF D1A; NCAAF D2; NCAAF D3

NCAA Football Bowls (Overviews):

NCAA Football Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision Finals 1978-Present

NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Playoff

NCAA D1 FBS (Seasons):

2020 2015 2014

NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Sub-Division:

NCAA Division 1 FBS American Athletic Conference 2013-2014

NCAA Division 1A

NCAA Football Division 1A (Seasons): 1996 1991 1988 1984

NCAA Division 1 FCS

NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision (Seasons):

2020 2019

NCAA Division 2 (Seasons): 2020 2019

NCAA Division 3 (Seasons): 2019

Early College Football

US College Football (Seasons): 1904

Early College American Football

American Inter-Collegiate Football 1869-1875