|Athletic director||R. C. Johnson|
|Head coach||Justin Fuente|
|Home stadium||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium|
|Stadium surface||Field Turf|
|Past conferences||Mississippi Valley |
|Postseason bowl record||3–3–0|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Colors||Blue and Gray|
|Fight song||Go Tigers Go|
TOM III (Live tiger)
|Marching band||Mighty Sound of the South|
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.  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.
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.
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.
Current staff[edit | edit source]
|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]
Retired jerseys[edit | edit source]
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|
|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[edit | edit source]
|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|
References[edit | edit source]
- "Memphis Is Big East Bound". gotigersgo.com. February 8, 2012. http://www.gotigersgo.com/bigeast.html. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "Justin Fuente is Memphis' new coach". Associated Press. ESPN.com. December 8, 2011. http://espn.go.com/dallas/ncf/story/_/id/7330918/memphis-tigers-hire-justin-fuente-tcu-horned-frogs-new-coach. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
- "Memphis Tigers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/conf-usa/memphis-tigers.php. Retrieved 2012-2-22.
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