|Missouri Tigers football|
|Athletic director||Mike Alden|
|Head coach||Gary Pinkel|
|Home stadium||Faurot Field|
|Conference||Big 12 (SEC beginning July 1, 2012)|
|Postseason bowl record||13–16–0|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Conference titles||15 (12 Big Eight)|
|Division titles||3 (Big 12 North)|
|Colors||Black and MU Gold|
|Fight song||"Fight Tiger"|
|Mascot||Truman the Tiger|
|Marching band||Marching Mizzou|
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The Missouri Tigers football team represents the University of Missouri in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and have been members of the Big 12 Conference since the conference's inception in 1996. The university and its sports teams will join the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in July 2012. The team plays home games at Faurot Field, also known as "The Zou", in Columbia, Missouri.
- 1 Conference affiliations
- 2 Championships
- 3 Bowl appearances (29)
- 4 Year-by-year record since 1950
- 5 Current coaching staff
- 6 Award winners
- 7 Player accomplishments
- 8 Retired jerseys
- 9 Missouri players in the NFL
- 10 College Football Hall of Fame
- 11 Pro Football Hall of Fame
- 12 Nickname
- 13 Mascot
- 14 Homecoming
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Conference affiliations[edit | edit source]
- 1890–1892: Independent
- 1892–1897: Western Interstate University Football Association
- 1898–1906: Independent
- 1907–1963: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1964–1995: Big Eight Conference (formally changed name from MVIAA to Big 8 1964)
- 1996–2011: Big 12 Conference
- 2012–: Southeastern Conference
Championships[edit | edit source]
The Missouri Tigers have 15 conference championships and 3 conference division titles.
Conference championships (15)[edit | edit source]
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record||Coach||Conference|
|1893*||4-3-0||2-1-0||H.O. Robinson||Western Interstate University Football Association|
|1894*||4-3-0||2-1-0||H.O. Robinson||Western Interstate University Football Association|
|1895*||7-1-0||2-1-0||C.D. Bliss||Western Interstate University Football Association|
|1919||5-1-2||4-0-1||John F. Miller||MVIAA|
|1969*||9-2-0||6-1-0||Dan Devine||Big Eight|
Divisional championships (3)[edit | edit source]
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record||Coach||Conference|
|2007*||12-2||7-1||Gary Pinkel||Big 12|
|2008*||10-4||5-3||Gary Pinkel||Big 12|
|2010*||10-3||6-2||Gary Pinkel||Big 12|
(*) Indicates a co-championship (Tie for first) .
(**) The 1960 championship was retroactively awarded, after a loss to Kansas was reversed due to Kansas' use of a player later ruled to be ineligible.
Bowl appearances (29)[edit | edit source]
The Tigers have a 13-16 Bowl Record. They have appeared in the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl Classic, Gator Bowl, Sun Bowl, Tangerine Bowl (now known as the Capital One Bowl), Holiday Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Independence Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Insight Bowl, Texas Bowl, All-American Bowl and the Bluebonnet Bowl.
Year-by-year record since 1950[edit | edit source]
TOTAL 353-225-18 (.610 from 1950; incl. 8-5-0 through Dec. 26, 2011)
TOTAL 630-520-52 (.547 from 1890; incl. 8-5-0 through Dec. 26, 2011)
Current coaching staff[edit | edit source]
|Gary Pinkel||Head Coach|
|Dave Steckel||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
|David Yost||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach|
|Cornell Ford||Cornerbacks Coach|
|Josh Henson||Offensive Line Coach|
|Andy Hill||Wide Receivers Coach|
|Brian Jones||Running Backs Coach|
|Craig Kuligowski||Defensive Line Coach|
|Alex Grinch||Safeties Coach|
|Bruce Walker||Offensive Line Coach|
Award winners[edit | edit source]
- Amos Alonzo Stagg Award - For Contributions to Football
- Don Faurot - 1964
- Warren Powers - 1978
- Mosi Tatupu Award - Best Special Teams Player
- Brock Olivo - 1997
- John Mackey Award - Best Tight End
- Chase Coffman - 2008
Player accomplishments[edit | edit source]
All-Americans[edit | edit source]
Retired jerseys[edit | edit source]
- Johnny Roland, #23
- Roger Wehrli, #23
- Brock Olivo, #27
- Bob Steuber, #37
- Darold Jenkins, #42
- Paul Christman, #44
- Kellen Winslow, #83
Missouri players in the NFL[edit | edit source]
Present[edit | edit source]
- Danario Alexander - wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
- Colin Brown - offensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills
- Chase Coffman - tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Chase Daniel - quarterback for the New Orleans Saints
- Blaine Gabbert - quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Andrew Gachkar - linebacker for the San Diego Chargers
- Ziggy Hood - defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jeremy Maclin - wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles
- William Moore - defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons
- C.J. Mosley - defensive tackle for Jacksonville Jaguars
- Kevin Rutland - defensive back for Jacksonville Jaguars
- Aldon Smith - defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers
- Brad Smith - Quarterback/Return Specialist/Wide Receiver for Buffalo Bills
- Justin Smith - defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers
- Sean Weatherspoon - Linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons
- Martin Rucker - tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Former[edit | edit source]
- Victor Bailey — former wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs
- Brandon Barnes - former linebacker for the Washington Redskins
- Ed Blaine - former offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles
- Dwayne Blakley — former tight end for the Atlanta Falcons
- Paul Christman — former quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals
- Gerry Ellis - former running back for the Green Bay Packers
- Mike Fink - former defensive back for the New Orleans Saints
- Tony Galbreath - former running back for the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants
- Mel Gray - former wide receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Jim Harrison - former fullback for the Chicago Bears
- Gary Lane - former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns
- Leo Lewis - former wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings
- Erik McMillan - former safety for the New York Jets
- Joe Moore - former running back for the Chicago Bears
- Damien Nash — former running back for the Denver Broncos
- Brock Olivo — former running back & special teams player, Detroit Lions
- Gus Otto — former linebacker for the Oakland Raiders
- Tony Palmer — former offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers
- Francis Peay - former offensive tackle of the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs
- Johnnie Poe — former cornerback for the New Orleans Saints
- Tommy Reamon - former running back for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Johnny Roland — former running back for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Andy Russell — former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- George Seals - former lineman for the Chicago Bears
- Mike Jones - former linebacker for the L.A./Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and Pittsburgh Steelers
- Brian Smith — former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Gordon Smith — former tight end for the Minnesota Vikings
- Jon Staggers - former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers
- Bruce Van Dyke - former offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers.
- Russ Washington - former offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers
- Roger Wehrli — former cornerback for the St. Louis Cardinals — Pro Football Hall of Famer
- Kellen Winslow — former tight end for the San Diego Chargers — Pro Football Hall of Famer
- James Wilder — former running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Eric Wright - former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers
- Justin Gage - former wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans
College Football Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]
Missouri boasts 12 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame:
- Bill Roper, Coach (1951)
- Paul Christman, Quarterback (1956)
- Don Faurot, Coach (1961)
- Bob Steuber, Halfback (1971)
- Jim Phelan, Coach (1973)
- Ed Travis, Offensive Tackle (1974)
- Darold Jenkins, Center (1976)
- Frank Broyles, Coach (1983)
- Dan Devine, Coach (1985)
- Johnny Roland, Halfback (1998)
- Kellen Winslow, Tight End (2002)
- Roger Wehrli, Cornerback (2003)
Pro Football Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]
Two Missouri players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
Nickname[edit | edit source]
The nickname "Tigers," given to Mizzou's athletic teams, traces its origin to the Civil War period. At that time, plundering guerilla bands habitually raided small towns, and Columbia people constantly feared an attack. Such organizations as temporary "home guards" and vigilance companies banded together to fight off any possible forays.
The town's preparedness discouraged any guerilla activity and the protecting organization began to disband in 1854. However, it was rumored that a guerilla band, led by the notorious Bill Anderson, intended to sack the town. Quickly organized was an armed guard of Columbia citizens, who built a blockhouse and fortified the old courthouse in the center of town. This company was called "The Missouri Tigers."
The marauders never came. The reputation of the intrepid "Tigers" presumably traveled abroad, and Anderson's gang detoured around Columbia.
Soon after Missouri's first football team was organized in 1890, the athletic committee adopted the nickname "Tiger" in official recognition of those Civil War defenders. 
Mascot[edit | edit source]
Truman the Tiger was introduced as the school's mascot against the Utah State Aggies in 1986, receiving his name from former president Harry S Truman. Truman has been named the "Nation's Best Mascot" three times since 1986, most recently in 2004.
Homecoming[edit | edit source]
The NCAA, as well as Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit, all recognize Missouri as the school that invented and hosted the first Homecoming in 1911, an event that has developed into a national ritual.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Ubben, David (November 4, 2011). "Big 12 did you know: Week 10". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/big12/post/_/id/37950/big-12-did-you-know-week-10. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
- "Missouri Tigers' move to SEC official, but Big 12 hurdles remain - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-11-07. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/7199062/missouri-tigers-move-sec-official-big-12-hurdles-remain. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "Missouri Composite Championship Listing". http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/big12/missouri/championships.php.
- "Missouri Bowl History". http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/big12/missouri/bowl_history.php.
- Pieringer, Dan. "(6) Missouri vs. Kansas St.". STATS. Yahoo! Sports featuring rivals.com. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/preview?gid=200711170021. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
- SI.com's 2009 All-Americans
- MU's Egnew is AP first-team All-American AP-St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dec. 15, 2010
- "Missouri Tigers Football History - College Football". Collegefootballhistory.com. http://www.collegefootballhistory.com/missouri/history.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "U celebrates Homecoming Week 2004 : UMNews : University of Minnesota". .umn.edu. http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2004/UR_25536_REGION1.html. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "The History of Homecoming". Active.com. http://www.active.com/football/Articles/The_History_of_Homecoming.htm. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- By Chrös Mcdougall And Blaine Grider. "Tradition’s beginnings mysterious". Columbia Missourian. http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2006/10/20/traditions-beginnings-mysterious/. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
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