The current head football coach at Lindenwood is Patrick Ross, who has held the position since 2004. The program began in 1990 under David Schroeder and has accumulated an overall record of 134 wins, 121 losses, and 2 ties.. Lions Football has had recent success, winning the HAAC Championship three seasons in a row from 2007-2009. In the 2009 season the Lions went 12-0 and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship Series in Rome, Georgia before losing to the 2009 NAIA Champions University of Sioux Falls by the final score 22-25 and finishing with a record of 13-1. Lions football entered the 2010 season ranked 2nd in the 2010 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. The team finished ranked second in the HAAC in 2010, only losing one game in the regular season to first placed MidAmerica Nazarene University 20-26 on September 25, 2010. Lindenwood suffered a 38-46 loss at home in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series to the University of Saint Francis and finished the 2010 season 9-2 overall, ranked 1st in the NAIA in scoring with an average of 52.5 points per game and 1st in total offensive yards with an average of 551.5 yards per game. As part of the transition to NCAA Division II, the 2010 schedule would be the last full NAIA schedule played by Lindenwood; the Lions played an independent schedule of NCAA Division I FCS, Division II, and NAIA schools for the 2011 season and finished the season 8-3. The 2011 season included the schools first win over a Division I program when Lindenwood upset Northern Colorado 22-20. The program will begin a full Division II and MIAA conference schedule starting in 2012. The team completed its first full Division II schedule as a member of the MIAA in 2012. In the team's first season in the new conference, the Lions recorded an 8-3 regular season and finished fourth in the conference. Lindenwood accepted a bid to play in the 2012 Mineral Water Bowl against Winona State where the Lions fell to the Warriors 21-41 in their first postseason NCAA bowl appearance.
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“People stress the violence. Thats the smallest part of it. Football is brutal only from a distance. In the middle of it theres a calm, a tranquility. The players accept pain. Theres a sense of order even at the end of a running play with bodies stewn everywhere. When the systems interlock, theres a satisfaction to the game that cant be duplicated. Theres a harmony.”
—Don Delillo (b. 1926)
“This generation has come into the world fatally late for some enterprises. Go where we will on the surface of things, men have been there before us.... But the lives of men, though more extended laterally in their range, are still as shallow as ever.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)