| Southland Conference|| 4–7 (1–4 Southland)|
| Ken Stephens (1st year)|
1982 Lamar Cardinals football team Wikipedia
The 1982 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 1982 NCAA Division I-AA football season as a member of the Southland Conference. The Cardinals played their home games at Cardinal Stadium now named Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar finished the 1982 season with a 4–7 overall record and a 1–4 conference record. The 1982 had a couple of firsts for the program. 1982 was the first season for the Cardinals to play at the NCAA Division I-AA level. The 1982 season was also the first season with new head coach Ken Stephens.