Football at Florida Southern? Yes, the college fielded football teams when the school was located in Sutherland and was known as Southern College. The team was also in action for a number of years after the move to Lakeland. The rivalry between Southern and the Stetson Hatters was especially competitive.
As late as 1928, Southern's Moccasins played in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
After 1929, the financing of intercollegiate athletics became increasingly difficult, and the football program was dissolved by 1932. An effort was made the next year - without financial support from the college - to restart the program, but ultimately this effort was not successful.
Southern's Greatest Victory?
Notwithstanding Southern's heralded rivalry with Stetson, perhaps the most impressive sounding victory by today's standards was the Moccasin's 1919 win over the Florida Gators. Southern prevailed by a score of 7-0, which catapulted the Mocs toward the State Championship game ... against the Hatters.