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Trinity Tigers
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University Trinity University (Texas)
Conference SCAC
NCAA Division III
Athletics director Bob King
Location San Antonio, TX
Varsity teams 18
Football stadium E.M. Stevens Football Stadium
Basketball arena William H. Bell Athletic Center
Baseball stadium E.M. Stevens Baseball Field
Mascot LeeRoy
Nickname Tigers
Fight song "Go You Tigers"

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Colors Maroon and White

             

Homepage trinity.edu/departments/athletics
Women's basketball team, 1915
Men's football team, 1915

The Trinity Tigers is the nickname for the sports teams of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. They participate in the NCAA's Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.[1] The school mascot is LeeRoy, a Bengal Tiger. In the 1950s, LeeRoy was an actual tiger who was brought to sporting events,[2] but today LeeRoy is portrayed by a student wearing a tiger suit.

Trinity has historically had a strong tennis program, with both the men's and women's programs winning national championships in 2000. The men's program also won the national championship in 2003.[3] In recent years, Trinity has reached the national Division III playoffs in several sports, including football, women's basketball (2003 national champions), volleyball, women's cross country, men's and women's track and field and men's and women's soccer (men's team won the national title in 2003 and placed second in 2007). In the past, Trinity was a Division I tennis power, under tennis coach Clarency Mabry, winning the men's NCAA championship in 1972, as well as being runners up in 1970, 1971, 1977 and 1979. The women's team captured the first USLTA women's collegiate championship in 1968 and won several more titles. In the early 1960s the program was home to arguably some of the best tennis players in the world, and bypassed the NCAA tournament to enter Wimbledon. In 1963, Chuck McKinley of Trinity won the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship. He was also the runner up in 1961. Other than McKinley, famous tennis players to attend Trinity included Butch Newman, Bob McKinley, Frank Froehling, Dick Stockton, Bill Scanlon and Gretchen Magers.

The Trinity sports program is celebrated for having won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference "Bell Trophy," awarded to the school in the conference that has the best overall sports record for the year, eleven out of the last thirteen years.

Club sports include men's and women's Lacrosse, Water Polo, and Trap and Skeet.[1]

In spite of these accomplishments Trinity athletics may be most famous for the “Trinity Miracle Play” executed by the Tiger football team. 2007 Trinity vs. Millsaps football game On October 27, 2007, in a game played in Jackson, MS against conference rival Millsaps College, Trinity trailed by two points with two seconds left. With time for only one more play and needing to score a touchdown to win, the Tigers ran the “hook and lateral play,” in which a receiver runs a short hook route, and then laterals the ball to a trailing player. After the first lateral the Millsaps defense was not fooled and seemed about to tackle the ball carrier and end the game.

At this point the Tigers showed their knowledge of rugby by lining up across the field, rather than gathering in front of the ball carrier as is typical in American football. This meant that there was a always a Tiger player in position, either even with or behind the ball carrier, to legally receive another lateral. Every time the Millsaps defense closed on the ball carrier the Trinity player was able to complete a legal lateral to a teammate. In what may be the longest play, in time elapsed, in the history of American football Trinity eventually completed 15 laterals before breaking through the tired Millsaps defense for a 60 yard touchdown. The score, known in Jackson as the “Major Disaster,” (Millsaps’ nickname is “The Majors”) gave Trinity the victory and ultimately the conference championship. The Trinity community is especially proud of this play because it demonstrated not only the Tigers athletic ability but also their intelligence and poise under pressure. .[4][5][6][7][8] The unlikely play was named the top sports moment of the year by Time Magazine [1] as well as the "Game Changing Performance of the Year" by Pontiac [2] [3].

References

  1. ^ a b "Athletics". Trinity.edu (Trinity University). http://www.trinity.edu/departments/athletics/index.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  
  2. ^ "Lee Roy the Tiger". Trinity Digital Collection (Trinity University). http://trinity.cdmhost.com/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/p3005coll2&CISOPTR=126&CISOBOX=1&REC=12. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  
  3. ^ "TRINITY WINS 10TH CONSECUTIVE TEAM TITLE; DOMINATES ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS" (PDF). May 2, 2003. http://www.scac-online.org/tennis_mens2003/03mtennis_alltourney.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  
  4. ^ Briggs, Jerry (October 27, 2007). "Football: Trinity wins on miracle play". San Antonio Express News. http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA102707.EN.FBCtrinity.millsaps.1b21f550e.html. Retrieved 2007-10-28.  
  5. ^ "Video of the play". ESPN.com (The Disney Company). http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3083220&categoryId=2564308. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  
  6. ^ "Lateralapalooza". SI.com (Time Warner). http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/ncaa/10/28/trinity.lateralapalooza.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  
  7. ^ Christensen, Mike (October 28, 2007). "Wild finish - think Cal-Stanford, '82 - beats Majors". ClarionLedger.com (Gannett Company). http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071028/SPORTS030105/710280359/1085/SPORTS. Retrieved 2007-10-30.  
  8. ^ Briggs, Jerry. "Football: Trinity wins on miracle play". MySanAntonio.com (San Antonio Express News). http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/localcolleges/stories/MYSA102707.EN.FBCtrinity.millsaps.1b21f550e.html.  

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