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    The University Of Missouri: Bio File

    University Of Missouri: The Biography File

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Missouri has become the Southeastern Conference’s 14th member. To familiarize yourself with important facts related to the Tigers’ athletics tradition, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know about Missouri athletics.

    Founded: 1839
    Enrollment: 32,415
    Nickname: Tigers
    Colors: Old Gold and Black
    Mascot: Truman The Tiger (a Bengal tiger named after former U.S. President Harry S. Truman)
    Previous Conference Affiliations: Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1907-1928); Big Six Conference (1929-1964); Big Eight Conference (1964-1996); Big 12 Conference (1996-Present) – north division

    Sponsored Sports:

    Men:
    Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, wrestling
    Women: Basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball

    National Championships:

    o    Baseball: 1954
    o    Men’s Indoor Track and Field: 1965

    Notable University of Missouri Former Students (Non-Athletes)
    •    Skip Caray, sports broadcaster
    •    Sheryl Crow, musician
    •    Dennis Dodd, sports journalist
    •    Pat Forde, sports journalist
    •    Jim Lehrer, broadcaster
    •    Lisa Myers, news broadcaster
    •    Brad Pitt, actor
    •    Richard Richards, Astronaut
    •    Mort Walker, cartoonist
    •    Sam Walton, Wal Mart
    •    Tennessee Williams, playwright
    •    Jon Hamm, actor

    State of Missouri Facts
    •    State Nickname: Show-Me State
    •    Known as “The Gateway to the West”
    •    Birthplace of U.S. President Harry S. Truman (Independence, Mo.)
    •    Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech” (Fulton, Mo.)
    •    Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home (Hannibal, Mo.)
    •    Eastern Starting Point of Pony Express (St. Joseph, Mo.)
    •    Crossroads of Country Music (Springfield, Mo./Branson, Mo.)
    •    Barbecue (Kansas City, Mo.)