The University of Memphis
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Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Colors: Blue & Gray
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Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rifle, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Notable Athletic Accomplishments
- Five bowl games in the past nine years; seven all-time bowl appearances
- Four men’s basketball NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the past five seasons; three Elite Eight appearances in that span
- Five consecutive conference championships in women’s soccer and a No. 9 finish nationally in 2011
- Recent alumni include professional all-stars in basketball (Derrick Rose, Penny Hardaway, Tamika Whitmore), football (Isaac Bruce, DeAngelo Williams, Stephen Gostkowski) and baseball (Dan Uggla). Former Memphis standouts Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans earned the NBA Rookie of the Year award in consecutive seasons.
Blue and Gray
Memphis’ official school colors of Blue and Gray were selected in the early 1900s as an effort to show unity in a nation that was still recovering from the effects of the Civil War. The student body felt that by sporting the colors of the North and the South, the school would demonstrate a togetherness among all students.
For more than 35 years, the sideline mascot for the University of Memphis has been a Bengal Tiger named TOM. TOM attends all Memphis home football games and he can be found at many other university events through the year. As one of only two universities in America with a live tiger mascot, Memphis is unique in its tradition.
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
The University of Memphis plays its home games in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, one of the finest football facilities in the nation. The stadium features a synthetic FieldTurf playing surface, spacious locker rooms and a four-level press box, which features a stadium club for VIPs. The 61,000-seat facility was built in 1965 and underwent a $19.5 million renovation in 1987. It is operated by the Memphis Park Services Department.
Dixie Carter - Actress
William C. Rhodes III – Chariman and CEO of AutoZone, Inc.
Derrick Rose – 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player
Fred Thompson – actor and former U.S. senator
Dan Uggla – Major League Baseball player
DeAngelo Williams – All-Pro football player