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The Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
are the athletic teams that represent the University of Memphis. The teams are members of the American Athletic Conference, except for the rifle team, which is a member of the single-sport Great America Rifle Conference.


1 Name

1.1 Mascot

2 Varsity sports

2.1 Men's basketball 2.2 Women's basketball 2.3 Men's soccer

2.3.1 Statistics 2.3.2 Coach Richie Grant 2.3.3 Stadium 2.3.4 Professional players

2.4 Football 2.5 Men's golf 2.6 Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
Pom Squad

3 Notable alumni

3.1 Baseball 3.2 Basketball 3.3 Football

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Name[edit] When the Memphis State University first fielded a football team in the fall of 1912, no one had selected a nickname for the squad. Early references to the football team tabbed them only as the Blue and Gray Warriors. After the final game of the 1914 season, there was a student parade. During this event, several university students shouted, "We fight like Tigers!" The nickname was born. As time passed, the nickname "Tigers" was increasingly used, particularly in campus publications, but did not catch on with the newspapers downtown. They continued to use "the Blue and Gray" when referring to the university. Under Coach Lester Barnard in 1922, Memphis's football team gave a ring of truth to that old student yell about Tigers. The team adopted a motto – "Every Man a Tiger" – and went on to score 174 points while allowing its opponents just 29 points. The Tiger
nickname continued on with students and alumni, eventually being adopted as the official nickname for the University of Memphis
University of Memphis
in 1939. Mascot[edit] Main article: TOM (mascot) The official mascot is TOM III, a live bengal tiger. The university is one of a few schools in the country that keep a live tiger as a mascot, although the practice of live animals serving as university mascots is carried on by a number of other universities.

Varsity sports[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports

Baseball Basketball

Basketball Cross country

Cross country Golf

Football Rifle

Golf Soccer

Rifle Softball

Soccer Tennis

Tennis Track and field†

Track and field† Volleyball

† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Men's basketball[edit] Main article: Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
men's basketball The Memphis Tigers men's basketball
Memphis Tigers men's basketball
program first gained national prominence when it reached the 1973 NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
basketball championship game. The Tigers, led by Larry Finch, Larry Kenon, Ronnie Robinson, Bill Cook and others, eventually lost to John Wooden's UCLA Bruins, led by Bill Walton. The Tigers continued an era of excellence throughout the 1980s and went to the Final Four in 1985 losing to Villanova, the ultimate winner of the tournament. The 1985 Final Four trip has since been vacated by the NCAA due to several recruiting violations committed by head coach Dana Kirk and his staff. Success continued through much of the 1990s. Under head coach John Calipari, the Tigers reached the Elite Eight three years in a row (2006–2008) and those same years won the conference championship, going undefeated in conference play in 2007 and 2008. Their record for those three seasons is 106–9. In 2007, the team was ranked #1 in ESPN's and CBSSports.com Pre-Season Polls and for the first time in 25 years, earned a #1 ranking on Jan. 21, 2008 in both the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. The 2008 season took the Tigers to the Final Four where Memphis lost the championship game to the Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks
in overtime, but later the Tigers' season and NCAA tournament appearance were vacated. In 2009, the Tigers entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed. However, they lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Missouri, 102–91. In April 2009, Josh Pastner was named head coach of the Tigers. He led the Tigers to four NCAA tournament appearances in his first five years, but never advanced past the round of 32 and missed the postseason entirely in his sixth and seventh seasons. In April 2016, a month after he had been named Sporting News Coach of the Year, Tubby Smith
Tubby Smith
was hired as the new head coach of the Tigers. Perennial rivals include Louisville, American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference
foe Cincinnati, Ole Miss, UAB, the University of Southern Mississippi, and in-state rival University of Tennessee. The world record holder for the highest slam dunk (12 feet from floor to rim) is a former University of Memphis
University of Memphis
basketball forward, and current Harlem Globetrotter Michael Wilson. At home, the Tigers play on Beale Street in the state-of-the-art FedExForum. Women's basketball[edit] Main article: Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
women's basketball The Memphis Tigers women's basketball
Memphis Tigers women's basketball
team competes in the American Athletic Conference. They previously competed in Conference USA
Conference USA
in which they have won two Conference USA
Conference USA
conference tournament championships and, prior to that two Metro Conference
Metro Conference
tournament championships. They play home games at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse and FedExForum. Men's soccer[edit] Ever since 1982, the Memphis Men's soccer program has put together a competitive team. The program began in the Great Midwest Conference and then moved to Conference USA
Conference USA
in 1995. In 2013, the Tiger's soccer team, and all of the tiger athletics, moved to the new American Athletic Conference. In this new conference, the soccer program and the entirety of the U of M athletics will be challenged by some of the best teams around the country. The Conference USA
Conference USA
championship the Tiger's claimed in 2004 is a nice exclamation point for the program's different successes over the years.[2] Statistics[edit]

Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against

2000 4 2 0 15 8

2001 5 9 0 37 39

2002 10 7 1 47 33

2003 8 8 2 31 29

2004 16 4 1 46 15

2005 8 8 2 46 28

2006 10 8 0 34 29

2007 10 5 4 31 18

2008 6 11 2 20 28

2009 6 7 2 19 21

2010 5 11 1 27 28

2011 11 6 1 37 23

2012 8 7 3 30 25

2013 9 8 1 23 23

[3] Coach Richie Grant[edit] In 1999, Richie Grant took over the University of Memphis
University of Memphis
Soccer Program and has now been at the helm for 14 years. He is the most successful Memphis Soccer coach the university has had since the program started. Grant got his start in collegiate coaching in 1995, taking over the NAIA program at Lambuth University. During his four seasons at Lambuth, Grant won over 50 games and three conference championships. Coach Grant began his career at Memphis with a below average 7–11–1 record. However, the next season Coach Grant and his team won a then-program record 14 games and finished fourth in the C-USA regular season standings. That 14 win season resulted in Coach Grant receiving his first C-USA Coach of the Year honor in 2000. In 2004 Coach Grant received his second C-USA Coach of the Year award when Memphis won a school-record 16 games, made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993 and had the program's first All-American selection in Daton O'Brien. As a player, Grant was a three-time NAIA All-America defender and was twice named the NAIA District V Player of the Year at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. Grant received his bachelor's degree in leisure resources and facilities management at Green Mountain College and in 1993 and went on to play one season for the a semi-pro team called the Minnesota Thunder. Coach Grant is married to Lady Tigers soccer assistant coach Jodi Grant and has one daughter and one son.[4] Stadium[edit] The Tigers practice and play at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, which has multiple fields in addition to the 2,500 seat stadium. Professional players[edit] Over the course of Memphis Soccer, the program has developed some great players. Five of those players went on to play at the professional level. The players are as follows:

Andy Metcalf: 2006 19th Pick in MLS Supplemental Draft by D.C. United, D.C. United (MLS – 2006), Atlanta Silverbacks (2007) Dayton O'Brien: 2006 Third Round (33rd Overall) Pick in the MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew, Columbus Crew (MLS – 2006), Atlanta Silverbacks (2007) Daniel Dobson: Kansas City Wizards (MLS – 2005), Chivas USA Sean Fraser: Calgary Storm, Edmonton Aviators, Toronto Lynx, Edmonton Drillers Michael Coburn: Dundalk FC, Shelbourne FC[5] Omar Jarun: Atlanta Silverbacks (2007), Otawwa Fury FC (2014),

Football[edit] Main article: Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
football The University of Memphis
University of Memphis
football program dates back to 1912. After decades of independence, the Memphis football program competed in Conference USA
Conference USA
until 2013. Then the football team joined the American Athletic Conference. As of December 8, 2011, the team's head coach became Justin Fuente who replaced Larry Porter. The Tigers' home field is 62,380 seat Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The U of M played in five bowl games in six seasons from 2003 to 2008. In 2005, the Tigers football team was led in the Motor City Bowl
Motor City Bowl
by DeAngelo Williams, a then-senior All-American running back and eventual first-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
of the NFL. Men's golf[edit] The men's golf team has won five conference championship:[6]

Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
(1): 1967[7] Metro Conference
Metro Conference
(2): 1976, 1988 Great Midwest Conference: 1992 Conference USA
Conference USA
(1): 2012

Hillman Robbins won the NCAA Championship in 1954. Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
Pom Squad[edit] The Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
Pom Squad is recognized as one of the best collegiate dance squads in the country, having won national championships in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012. Notable alumni[edit] Recent professional athletes from the University of Memphis
University of Memphis
include: Baseball[edit]

Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla
(second baseman, Atlanta Braves)


Elliot Williams (guard, Portland Trail Blazers) Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
(guard, New Orleans Pelicans) (2010 NBA Rookie of the Year) Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
(guard, New York Knicks) (2009 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2011 NBA MVP) Chris Douglas-Roberts
Chris Douglas-Roberts
(guard, Boston Celtics) Joey Dorsey
Joey Dorsey
(center, Olympiakos Piraeus) Earl Barron
Earl Barron
(center, Phoenix Suns) Rodney Carney (guard/forward, Golden State Warriors) Sean Banks Antonio Burks (guard, KK Crvena zvezda) Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Keith Lee Dajuan Wagner Lorenzen Wright Shawne Williams
Shawne Williams
(Forward, Miami Heat) Elliot Perry Darius Washington Jr. Cedric Henderson


DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams
(Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers) Stephen Gostkowski
Stephen Gostkowski
(New England Patriots) Dontari Poe
Dontari Poe
(Kansas City Chiefs) Tony Brown (Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Amsterdam Admirals, Tennessee
Titans) Isaac Bruce
Isaac Bruce
(Los Angeles Rams, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers) Mike McKenzie (Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints) Brandon McDonald (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)* Jerome Woods(Kansas City Chiefs)

See also[edit]

List of college athletic programs in Tennessee


^ "UofM Web Guidelines - Brand Standards - University of Memphis". Retrieved March 23, 2016.  ^ "GO Tigers – Men's Soccer". beamemphistiger.com.  ^ "GOTIGERSGO.COM – The Official Website of the University of Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
– Men's Soccer". gotigersgo.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-25.  ^ "Richie Grant Bio – GOTIGERSGO.COM – The Official Website of the University of Memphis
University of Memphis
Tigers". gotigersgo.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-25.  ^ "GO Tigers – Men's Soccer – Players in the Pros". beamemphistiger.com.  ^ "Memphis 2012 Yearbook – Men's Golf". Retrieved June 26, 2013.  ^ "MVC Golf – Men's Year-by-Year History" (PDF). Retrieved June 26, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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The University of Memphis

Located in: Memphis, Tennessee


University of Memphis University of Memphis, School of Law FedEx Institute of Technology Advanced Distributed Learning Workforce Co-Lab


Memphis Tigers Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Football University of Memphis
University of Memphis
Stadium List of Memphis athletes FedEx Park Baseball
Field, University of Memphis Mike Rose Soccer Complex University of Memphis
University of Memphis
Tennis Complex Elma Roane Fieldhouse


Southern Journal of Philosophy University of Memphis
University of Memphis
Law Review


The Daily Helmsman Mighty Sound of the South FedEx Forum Art Museum at the University of Memphis WUMR TOM II TOM III Memphis Pom

Founded: 1912 Students: 20,585 Endowment: 199 million

Links to related articles

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American Athletic Conference

Full members

Cincinnati Bearcats Connecticut Huskies East Carolina Pirates Houston Cougars Memphis Tigers SMU Mustangs South Florida Bulls Temple Owls Tulane Green Wave Tulsa Golden Hurricane UCF Knights Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State Shockers
(non-football member)

Associate members

Football: Navy Midshipmen Women's lacrosse
Women's lacrosse
(joining in 2018): Florida Gators Vanderbilt Commodores Women's rowing: Sacramento State Hornets San Diego State Aztecs

Championships and awards

Conference champions


American Digital Network

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Great America Rifle Conference

Akron Zips Army Black Knights Kentucky Wildcats Memphis Tigers Navy Midshipmen NC State Wolfpack Nebraska Cornhuskers Ole Miss
Ole Miss
Rebels West Virginia Mountaineers

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Sports teams based in Tennessee


PCL Memphis Redbirds Nashville Sounds SL Chattanooga Lookouts Jackson Generals Tennessee
Smokies ApL Elizabethton Twins Greeneville Reds Johnson City Cardinals Kingsport Mets


NBA Memphis Grizzlies


NFL Tennessee
Titans LFL Nashville Knights WFA Memphis Dynasty


NHL Nashville Predators SPHL Knoxville Ice Bears

Roller derby

WFTDA Chattanooga Roller Girls Hard Knox Roller Girls Little City Roller Girls Memphis Roller Derby Nashville Rollergirls


MLS Nashville (2019 or 2020) USL Nashville SC PDL Memphis City FC Tri-Cities Otters NPSL Chattanooga FC Inter Nashville FC Knoxville Force


AUDL Nashville Nightwatch

College athletics (NCAA Division I)

Austin Peay Belmont Chattanooga East Tennessee
State Lipscomb Memphis Middle Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
State Tennessee
Tech UT-Martin Vanderbilt

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College sports teams in Tennessee

NCAA Division I

Austin Peay Governors
Austin Peay Governors
(Ohio Valley) Chattanooga Mocs and Lady Mocs
Chattanooga Mocs and Lady Mocs
(Ohio Valley) ETSU Buccaneers (Southern) Lipscomb Bisons
Lipscomb Bisons
(ASUN) Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers
(The American) Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders (C-USA) Tennessee
Volunteers and Lady Vols (SEC) Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (Ohio Valley) Tennessee
State Tigers and Lady Tigers (Ohio Valley) Tennessee
Tech Golden Eagles (Ohio Valley) Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt Commodores

NCAA Division II

Carson–Newman Eagles (South Atlantic) Christian Brothers Buccaneers
Christian Brothers Buccaneers
(Gulf South) King Tornado (Carolinas) Lane Dragons Southern Intercollegiate Lee Flames (Southern States) LeMoyne–Owen Magicians (Southern Intercollegiate) Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (South Atlantic) Trevecca Nazarene Trojans
Trevecca Nazarene Trojans
(G-MAC) Tusculum Pioneers (South Atlantic) Union Bulldogs (Gulf South)

NCAA Division III

Maryville Scots (USA South) Rhodes Lynx (Southern Athletic Association) Sewanee Tigers (Southern Ath