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What every fan should know about Missouri sports and traditions

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

MU SPORTS LEADERSHIP

Athletic director: Mike Alden, since 1998

Record:In his 13-year stint in Columbia, Alden has seen several programs rise to the level of national championship contenders, highlighted by conference championships in football, men's basketball, soccer and softball the past two seasons and the gymnastics program's first-ever NCAA Regional title in 2010.

The 2010 academic year also saw the Tiger football program qualify for its sixth consecutive bowl game, softball advance to the Women's College World Series for the second consecutive year, basketball advance in the NCAA Tournament and soccer claim another Big 12 title. Of Missouri's 20 intercollegiate sports, 15 moved on to postseason play and nationally-known rivalries with Kansas and Illinois were dominated by the Tigers.

FOOTBALL

Head coach: Gary Pinkel since 2001; he has a 77–49 record (.611)

Home venue: Faurot Field

First home game: 11 a.m. Sept. 3 against Miami (Ohio)

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Head coach: Frank Haith in his first year with the Tigers; he's one of 10 siblings and came to Mizzou after coaching the Miami Hurricanes.

Home venue: Mizzou Arena

BASEBALL

Head coach: Tim Jamieson for 17 years; he grew up in Columbia and is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School.

Home venue: Taylor Stadium

SOFTBALL

Head coach: Ehren Earleywine since 2006; he has taken the Tigers to the College World Series for the past three years.

Home venue: University Field

 

FORMER STAR ATHLETES

Bill Stauffer, 1950-1952

In three years playing basketball for the Tigers, Stauffer averaged 13.6 rebounds per game. Stauffer, 6-foot-4, ranked 11th in rebounding as senior. The 1952 All-American for the Big Seven in 1952 was drafted by the NBA's Boston Celtics.

Norm Stewart, 1954-1956

It’s hard to watch a basketball game at Mizzou Arena and not notice this alumnus' name on the court. He has been inducted into the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame twice — once as a player and once as a coach. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1956 after also pitching for the MU baseball team. Stewart returned to his alma mater in 1967 as a basketball coach and left in 1999 with an overall record of 634-333 at the University of Missouri.

Willie Smith, 1975-1976

Smith transferred to MU from Seminole Junior College in Oklahoma. During his time here, he averaged 25.3 points per game. The Chicago Bulls picked him in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft. He also played with teams in the Continental Basketball Association before he retired from his basketball career.

Phil Bradley, 1977-1981

Bradley played both football and baseball for the Tigers. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners, making his major league debut in 1984. After playing for three other teams, including the Chicago White Sox, he ended his major league career in the early '90s.

Jon Sundvold, 1980-1983

While at the University of Missouri, Jon Sundvold was a part of four consecutive Big Eight Conference Championships, and the Tigers went to NCAA Tournament every season he played at the university. He went on to play in the NBA for the Seattle Supersonics, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. After his NBA career, Sundvold has been the color commentator on the Mizzou Sports Network.

Steve Stipanovich, 1980-1983

From St. Louis, Stipanovich stood 7 feet tall and helped the Tigers capture four consecutive Big Eight championships. He was the Big Eight "Player of the Year" his senior year. The Indiana Pacers chose him as the second overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, and he played in the league for six years.

Doug Smith, 1988-1991

As the fifth player honored with their number retired from the Tigers, Smith was a 6-foot-10 forward. He averaged 23.6 points per game as a senior. After his career at MU, the Dallas Mavericks picked Smith in the 1991 NBA Draft.

 

SPORTS TRADITIONS

Come early, be loud, stay late, wear gold

Painting the “M”

Freshmen paint the “M” inside Memorial Stadium for its annual whitewashing. Freshmen who want to participate must be at the north entrance at 9 a.m. on Aug. 19 and wear close-toed shoes.

MIZZOU SONGS

“Every True Son/Daughter”

Every true son, so happy hearted,


Skies above us are blue,


There's a spirit so deep within us,


Old Missouri here's to you (RAH! RAH!).


When the band plays the Tiger war song, 


And when the fray is through,
 we will tramp, tramp, tramp around the Columns,


With a cheer for old Mizzou!

HIT IT!


HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!


HOORAY, HURRAH, MIZZOU, MIZZOU!


HOORAY, HURRAH, AND A BULLY FOR OLD MIZZOU,


RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!


MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH! MIZZOU-RAH, TIGERS!

 

"OLD MISSOURI"  

Old Missouri, fair Missouri,


Dear old varsity,


Our are hearts that fondly love thee,


Here's a health to thee.

Chorus:

Proud art thou in classic beauty,


Of thy noble past;


With thy watchwords, honor, duty,


Thy high fame shall last.

Every student, man and maiden,


Swells the glad refrain,


Till the breezes music laden,


Waft it back again.

Chorus:

Proud art thou in classic beauty,


Of thy noble past;


With thy watchwords, nonor, duty,


Thy high fame shall last.

 

"FIGHT TIGER"

Fight, tiger, fight for old Mizzou.

Right behind you, everyone is with you.

Break the line and follow down the field,

And you'll be, on the top, upon the top.

Fight, tiger, you will always win.

Proudly keep the colors flying skyward.

In the end, we'll win the victory,

So tiger, fight for old Mizzou!


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