Memphis Tigers
Current season
First season 1912
Athletic director R. C. Johnson
Head coach Justin Fuente
Home stadium Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Year built 1965
Stadium capacity 62,380
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Conference C-USA
Division Eastern
Past conferences Mississippi Valley
Missouri Valley
All-time record 432–449–33
Postseason bowl record 3–3–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 6
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Colors Blue and Gray            
Fight song Go Tigers Go
Mascot Pouncer
TOM III (Live tiger)
Marching band Mighty Sound of the South
Rivals UAB
Southern Miss

The Memphis Tigers football team represents the University of Memphis in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level. The Tigers compete in Conference USA until June 2013. Beginning in July of 2013, the Tigers will join the Big East Conference as an all-sports member. [1] They play home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Justin Fuente was formally introduced as the Tigers' head coach on December 8, 2011, as the replacement for former head coach Larry Porter.[2]


Nickname[edit | edit source]

When the University of Memphis 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 of West Tennessee Normal School. After the final game of the 1914 season, there was a student parade. During this event, several Normal students shouted, "We fight like Tigers." The nickname was born. More and more the nickname "Tigers" was used, particularly in campus publications. But it did not catch on with the newspapers downtown. They continued to use "Normals" or the "Blue and Gray" when referring to the University. In the late 1920s, student publications and downtown newspapers began referring to the football team as the "Teachers" or "Tutors." The Tiger nickname would return, but not until 1939 was it finally adopted as the official nickname for the University of Memphis.[3]

School colors[edit | edit source]

The University of Memphis' official school colors of Blue and Gray were selected in the early 1900s. The colors were chosen in an effort to show unity in a nation that was still recovering from the effects of the Civil War. The student body thought that by picking the colors of the North and the South, the school would show a togetherness among all students.[4]

Current staff[edit | edit source]

Name Position
Justin Fuente Head Coach
Darrell Dickey Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Barry Odom Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Holman Wiggins Wide Receivers Coach
James Shibest Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Vance Vice Offensive Line Coach
Tim Billings Defensive Line Coach
Brad Cornelsen Quarterbacks Coach
Chris Vaughn Cornerbacks Coach
Galen Scott Linebackers Coach

Stadium[edit | edit source]

Memphis home games have been played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium[5] since 1965. Prior to that, home games were played at Crump Stadium.

Retired jerseys[edit | edit source]

Retired jerseys
Player Number Position
Charles Greenhill 8 DB
DeAngelo Williams 20 RB
Dave Casinelli 30 RB
Isaac Bruce 83 WR


Rivalries[edit | edit source]

Name of rivalry Rival First meeting Last meeting Overall record
Black and Blue Bowl Southern Miss Golden Eagles 1935 2009 Southern Miss Leads 39–21–1
Battle for the Bones UAB Blazers 1997 2009 UAB Leads 8–4
No Name Cincinnati Bearcats 1966 2004 Memphis Leads 18–12
No Name Louisville Cardinals 1948 2010 Louisville Leads 23–19


Bowl games[edit | edit source]

The Memphis Tigers currently hold a record of 3–3 in bowl games. The Burley Bowl was not an NCAA sanctioned Division I FBS bowl game.

Bowl game history
Date Bowl Opponent Result Score
November 22, 1956 Burley Bowl East Tennessee State W 32–12
December 18, 1971 Pasadena Bowl San Jose State W 28–9
December 16, 2003 New Orleans Bowl North Texas W 27–17
December 22, 2004 GMAC Bowl Bowling Green L 52–35
December 26, 2005 Motor City Bowl Akron W 38–31
December 21, 2007 New Orleans Bowl Florida Atlantic L 44–27
December 20, 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida L 41–14

Future Non-Conference Opponents[7][edit | edit source]

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
vs UT Martin vs Arkansas State at Miami (FL) vs Missouri at Missouri TBA Ole Miss
at Arkansas State vs Duke vs Middle Tennessee vs Miami (FL) TBA Kansas vs Tennessee
vs Middle Tennessee at Middle Tennessee TBA Kansas TBA Ole Miss
at Duke

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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