Memphis Tigers

Memphis Tigers

About Memphis Tigers

The Memphis Tigers have been playing competitive college football since 1912 and represent the University of Memphis. The Tigers nickname was officially adopted by the university in 1939, although it had previously been used by campus publications during the 1910s and 1920s. Their main rivals are the UAB Blazers, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Louisville Cardinals. The rivalry with UAB is known as the Battle for the Bones, while the rivalry with Southern Miss is called the Black and Blue Bowl.

In 1928, Memphis joined the Mississippi Valley Conference, where they remained until 1934. In 1935, they became part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, before moving to the Missouri Valley Conference in 1968. Between 1973 and 1993, they operated as an independent. Then, in 1995, they joined the Conference USA, where they remained until 2013. Moving forward, they will compete in the American Athletic Conference.

Altogether, the Tigers have won four Conference Championships, with their first win coming in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and their other three wins coming in the Missouri Valley Conference. Memphis have played in a total of six officially sanctioned bowl games and hold a 3-3 record. Their most recent appearance came in the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl, which they lost to the South Florida Bulls.

The list of notable players to have come through the program includes Isaac Bruce, DeAngelo Williams, Charles Greenhill and Dave Casinelli. Bruce went on to become a Super Bowl champion with the St. Louis Rams and all four players have had their jerseys retired by the university.

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