University of Missouri Athletics
Hailing from Columbia, Missouri, the University of Missouri Tigers athletic programs take to the courts and fields sporting their traditional old gold and black uniforms. The team’s logo is a fierce looking tiger encompasses in an oval shap and the team is led by their mascot, Truman the Tiger. Named after former United States president Harry S. Truman, who hailed from the state, the mascot leads Mizzou (as their notably called) fans to victory cheers while singing, “Fight, Tiger”, the school’s fight song. After being a member of the Big-12 conference for a long time, the school has since moved to the famed Southeastern Conference.
The wrestling program at Mizzou is one that is traditionally annually ranked among the top programs in the country. Two former Tiger wrestlers have gone on to compete in the Olympic games and three former wrestlers at the school have gone on to successful Mixed Martial Arts careers.
The football program is also highly esteemed on campus. Playing at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, over 71,000 Tiger fans gather to cheer their team on. The raucous crowd can be heard shouting the famous “M-I-Z” “Z-O-U” chant between the student and alumni sections and the giant “M” on the grass above the stadium’s north end zone signifies a long-standing tradition on campus of graduating senior from the stadium taking a whitewashed rock as a keepsake for their services to the team.
The Missouri Tigers have some very neat rivalries with different colleges throughout the country. Their biggest current rival, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, is divided by the state line that separates the two schools. The Battle for Columbia is the rivalry with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, as both campuses hail in the city of Columbia in their respective states. Missouri still holds some rivalries with their old Big-12 foes in the border war with the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Peace Pipe trophy that is given to the winner of the matchup with the University of Oklahoma Sooners.
Famed athletes that have roamed the halls of the school include Major League baseball players Max Scherzer, Phil Bradley and Tim Laudner. The National Football League has also had its fair share of Tigers in Kellen Winslow, Jeremy Maclin, Lloyd Carr and Justin Britt.