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Missouri Tigers
University University of Missouri
Conference Big 12
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Mike Alden
Location Columbia, MO
Varsity teams 20[1]
Football stadium Faurot Field
Basketball arena Mizzou Arena
Baseball stadium Taylor Stadium
Other arenas Hearnes Center
Mascot Truman the Tiger
Nickname Tigers
Fight song Fight, Tiger
Colors Black and MU Gold



The Missouri Tigers athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of the University of Missouri, located in Columbia, Missouri, United States. The name comes from a band of armed guards called the Missouri Tigers who, in 1864, protected Columbia from Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War.[2] The University of Missouri (often referred to as Mizzou or MU) is the flagship institution of the University of Missouri System.[3] The women's teams are sometimes called the Lady Tigers, but often both the men's and women's teams are simply called the Tigers. Mizzou is a member of the Big 12 Conference and is the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program in Missouri.


Varsity sports

The Missouri Tigers are represented in the following NCAA Division I sports:



Chase Daniel takes a snap in the first quarter of the 2007 Mizzou vs. Nebraska football game.

The university's first football team was formed in 1890 by the sophomore class of the "Academic School" (now the College of Arts and Science). They challenged a team of Engineering students in April of that year upon encouragement of Dr. A. L. McRea, a university professor. Interest in the sport quickly grew among the students, professors, and administrators, and a Foot Ball Association was formed at a meeting on October 10, 1890. The first intercollegiate game for the university took place on Thanksgiving Day, 1890, when Missouri played Washington University before a crowd of 3,000 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Washington University team, which had already been playing for several years, easily defeated the University of Missouri team by a score of 28–0.


Men's basketball

The men's basketball program has produced several NBA players, including Anthony Peeler, Doug Smith, Jon Sundvold, Steve Stipanovich, Kareem Rush, Keyon Dooling, Linas Kleiza, Thomas Gardner, and DeMarre Carroll. The Tigers were regularly a national power under Norm Stewart, whose tenure spanned four decades but failed to include a Final Four appearance despite the team's high poll rankings. The team advanced to the Elite Eight under Quin Snyder in 2002 (setting a record for lowest-seeded team ever to do so, at 12th), but scandals forced him to be fired in the midst of an abysmal 2006 season. He was replaced with current head coach Mike Anderson. In 2009 the team lost in the Elite Eight to the University of Connecticut Huskies.

Women's basketball

The current head coach of the women's basketball program is Cindy Stein. The 2009–10 season is Stein's 12th as head coach at Missouri.


The first Missouri Tigers baseball team was in 1868. The first recorded season was in 1891, when the Tigers went 2–2.The Tigers won the National Championship in 1954. The presence of former Missouri Tiger baseball players in professional baseball continues to grow each year. In 2007, two players signed contracts, bringing the number of former MU players signing pro contracts to 142. Current MU head coach Tim Jamieson has seen 40 players in his 13-year tenure sign pro contracts. Notable Tiger baseball alumni include Tim Laudner, who played for the 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins, and Phil Bradley, who played for several teams in 1980s and early `90s. In 2006, pitcher Max Scherzer became the highest draft pick in Mizzou history when the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the first round with the 11th overall pick. Two years later, pitcher Aaron Crow broke that record by being picked 9th overall by the Washington Nationals. Current Major Leaguer Ian Kinsler is a former Tiger that also played for Coach Jamieson.


MU vs. KU

The Tigers' biggest rival is the Kansas Jayhawks, with whom they compete in the annual Border War. This is one of the most intense rivalries in college sports, as it goes back to a time of actual armed conflict between pro- and anti-slavery residents in Missouri and the Kansas Territory known as Bleeding Kansas.[4]

The Missouri–Kansas football series is the second-oldest and second-most-played rivalry in college football history. (See: The Rivalry (Lehigh–Lafayette) The teams first matched up in football on October 31, 1891. The all-time series is Missouri leading at 55–54–9. There have been 9 ties in the 118 games played.[5][6] Missouri claims the 1911 football game in Columbia, Missouri as the world's first Homecoming.[7] An important meeting between the Tigers and the Jayhawks occurred on November 24, 2007 when the two teams played for the Big 12 North Championship and a shot at playing for the Big 12 Championship and a possible National Championship. The Tigers defeated the Jayhawks 36 to 28. This is regarded as the biggest victory in Missouri's history, which also occurred in the best season in Missouri's history.[8] The Tigers best season ever later resulted in a trip to the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they defeated Arkansas 38–7.

In basketball, the Tigers trail the series 94–167.

MU vs. Nebraska

The Missouri-Nebraska football series is the other major historic rivalry along with the MU–KU series. The Missouri–Nebraska series is the second oldest rivalry in the Big 12, dating back to 1892. The two teams have met 102 times, with Nebraska leading the series 63–36–3. The large lead was the result of a 24 year Nebraska winning streak from 1979–2002. The rivalry has seen renewed interest following the infamous Flea Kicker game of 1997. The two teams play for the Victory Bell trophy, which was first awarded in 1927.

MU vs. Illinois

There is also a relatively new basketball rivalry with the Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big Ten Conference referred to as the Braggin' Rights Game. The Braggin' Rights game debuted in 1980 and has been played every year since 1983. Missouri trails the series with a 9-20 record. The start of football season also often matches the two schools in the Arch Rivalry Game. Mizzou leads the football series with an all-time record of 14–7 since 1896.



The University of Missouri claims to be the originator of the tradition of homecoming.[7] Before 1911, games against the University of Kansas were played in Kansas City. However, a change in conference regulations required intercollegiate football games to be played on campus starting in 1911. Fearing that game attendance would be low, the new Missouri coach, C. L. Brewer, appealed with great success for the "Old Grads" to "Come Back Home" to boost attendance and help dedicate MU's new football field. The fans responded, swelling the crowd at Rollins Field in Columbia to more than ten thousand. MU, The NCAA, Trivial Pursuit, and Jeopardy! all verify that this game in 1911 was the first homecoming game.

Several schools, notably Baylor University, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University also claim to have had the first homecoming with Baylor claiming they held their first homecoming game in 1909, and Illinois claiming their first homecoming game on October 15, 1910,[9][10][11] and Indiana claiming October 21, 1910.[12]

Harpo's goal post tradition

Since 1971, there has been no doubt about the destination of the goal posts anytime they have been torn down following a home football game. 1971 marked the first year in which the goal posts ended up at Harpo's Bar and Grill at 29 S. Tenth Street in Columbia. Although no concrete reasoning is known behind the tradition, it is suggested that Harpo's became the destination because of its popularity among alumni returning to Columbia on game days and because the restaurant is one of the few places that had remained under consistent ownership without any name changes, so alumni and students all easily identify with the establishment.[13] 2005 was the last year in which the goal posts made their voyage from Memorial Stadium to Harpo's, by way of a trip past the columns. Following the 2005 season, removable goal posts were installed, which are lowered at the close of each home game.

Alma Mater

The Alma Mater for the University of Missouri is Old Missouri. It was written in 1895 and is sung to the tune of Annie Lisle and has two verses. Before and after athletic events, sometimes only the first verse is used. The first and second and second verses are more commonly sung at student orientation and at commencement/graduation ceremonies. Both verses are followed by the chorus.

First Verse Old Missouri, fair Missouri
Dear old varsity.
Ours are hearts that fondly love thee
Here's a health to thee.

Chorus Proud art thou in classic beauty
Of thy noble past
With thy watch words honour, duty,
Thy high fame shall last!

Second verse Every student, man and maiden
Swells the glad refrain.
'Till the breezes, music laden
Waft it back again.

Chorus Proud art thou in classic beauty
Of thy noble past
With thy watch words honour, duty,
Thy high fame shall last!

Fight Songs

The fight song(s) are used in several different combinations. The most recognizable (and longest) is Every True Son, Mizzou Cheer, and Fight Tiger all in a row. Fight Tigers can be used on its own and may have also been known as The Tiger Song of U of M many years ago.

Every True Son

(To the tune of Long Way to Tipperary)
Every true son, so happy hearted
Skies above us are blue.
There's a spirit so deep within us
Old Missouri, here's to you! (Rah! Rah!)
When the band plays the Tiger war song
And when the fray is through
We will tramp, tramp, tramp around the columns
With a cheer for old Mizzou!

Mizzou Cheer

Hit it!
Hooray! Hurrah! Mizzou! Mizzou!
Hooray! Hurrah! Mizzou! Mizzou!
Hooray! Hurrah! And a Bully for Ol' Mizzou!
Rah rah rah rah!
Mizzou-Rah! Mizzou-Rah! Mizzou-Rah! Tigers!

Fight Tiger

Fight, Tiger, fight for Old Mizzou.
Right behind you everyone is with you.
Break the line and follow down the field.
And you'll be, on the top, upon the top!
Fight, Tiger, you will always win.
Proudly keep the colors flying skyward.
In the end you'll win the victory,
So, Tigers, fight for Old Mizzou!

Give a Cheer

This song is a more recent addition, written by alumnus Carl E. Bolte.

Give a cheer for Mizzou's Tigers!
We will show 'em how to play.
Give a cheer for Mizzou's Tigers!
And our Tigers will win today.
We've got the team that will never retreat;
We've got the team they can never defeat!
Give a cheer for Mizzou's Tigers!
And our Tigers will win today!
Give a cheer for Mizzou's Tigers!
And our Tigers will win today!

The Missouri Waltz

The Missouri Waltz is the official song for the state of Missouri. It is always played before and during athletic contests.

Tiger Rag

Just like Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Memphis, and Princeton, Missouri uses Tiger Rag as a secondary song.

Don't Send My Boy to Kansas

This song is an unofficial song sung by many students and alumni of The University of Missouri in reference to their rival Kansas Jayhawks. Though it is currently unofficial the Students have tried in the past and are currently working on adding this chant as an official song.

Don't send my boy to Kansas,
The dying mother said.
Don't send my boy to Kansas,
I'd rather see him dead.
Just send him to Wisconsin,
Or better yet Mizzou!
Don't send my boy to Kansas,
For that will never do.
Rock Chalk Chicken Hawk,
Boo K U!

The K and U at the end of the song are held notes.

National Championships

(All Sports)

  • Indoor Track and Field (Men) - 1965

Conference Championships

Western Interstate University Football Association


  • 1893
  • 1894
  • 1895

Missouri Valley


  • 1909
  • 1913
  • 1919
  • 1924
  • 1925
  • 1927


  • 1918
  • 1920
  • 1921
  • 1922

Track and Field

  • 1911
  • 1912
  • 1913
  • 1915
  • 1916
  • 1917
  • 1918
  • 1920
  • 1925

Big Six


  • 1939
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1945


  • 1930
  • 1939
  • 1940


  • 1930
  • 1931
  • 1937
  • 1938
  • 1941
  • 1942

Track and Field

  • 1938
  • 1943
  • 1947

Cross Country

  • 1929

Big Seven


  • 1952
  • 1954

Track and Field

  • 1948
  • 1949
  • 1951

Big Eight


  • 1960
  • 1969


  • 1976
  • 1978 (Tournament)
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982 (Regular Season and Tournament)
  • 1983
  • 1987 (Regular Season and Tournament)
  • 1989 (Tournament)
  • 1990
  • 1993 (Tournament)
  • 1994


  • 1958
  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1976
  • 1980

Cross Country

  • 1967
  • 1974
  • 1980 (Womens)

Big 12


  • 2009 (Tournament)


  • 2008 (Tournament)
  • 2009


  • 1997 (Regular Season and Tournament)
  • 2009 (Tournament)

Notable Athletes

Tiger media

As one would expect from a university whose journalism school is often ranked among the top journalism schools in the world,[citation needed] the Tigers have an excellent presence on the radio and television. The Tiger Radio Network is anchored by KMBZ in Kansas City, KFRU AM/KBXR FM in Columbia and Jefferson City, and KMOX in St Louis. Mike Kelly is the commentator for both sports, with John Kadlec and Chris Gervino serving as analysts for football and Gary Link filling in for basketball. In addition, the school owns and operates its own NBC affiliate, KOMU-TV, in Columbia. The station is run by MU faculty members and is staffed by professionals and students. It's the only college-owned and operated network affiliate in the country.

For indoor sports, Mizzou operates the Missouri Sports Network, a syndication package that airs on FSN Midwest and/or Metro Sports. It mainly broadcasts volleyball and basketball. Dan McLaughlin handles play-by-play for all sports, and is joined by a rotating group of color commentators, most notably Tigers coaching legend Norm Stewart for men's basketball games.

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