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Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers

Tennessee State Tigers
University Tennessee State University
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Teresa L. Phillips
Location Nashville, TN
Varsity teams 7 men's & 8 women's
Football stadium LP Field
Basketball arena Gentry Complex
Mascot Aristocat the Tiger
Nickname Tigers
     Blue       White[1][2]
Website .com.tsutigerswww

The Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Tennessee State University (TSU), located in Nashville, Tennessee.[3] The Tigers athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[4] and competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision .[5] As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee State is the only HBCU competing in Division I that is not a member of an athletic conference made up entirely of historically black institutions.


  • Teams 1
  • Athletic Facilities 2
  • Highlights 3
  • References 4
  • Links 5


Tennessee State University sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[6]

Athletic Facilities


Men's Basketball: Gentry Center

Women's Basketball:

Football: LP Field

Softball: Tiger Stadium

Tennis: TSU Tennis Court Complex

Indoor Track & Field: Gentry Center

Outdoor Track & Field: Edward S. Temple Track



In 1957, John McClendon and Dick Barnett led the first historically black college (HBCU) to win a national basketball title, winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship.[8] The school went on to win the NAIA title again in 1958 and '59.[9]

By 2009, approximately 100 TSU football players had been drafted by the National Football League.[10]


  1. ^ "Ohio Valley Conference Style Guide". Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pantone Reflex Blue". Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tennessee State University
  4. ^ - OVC Member Institutions
  5. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association
  6. ^ Tennessee State Tigers Athletics
  7. ^
  8. ^ Nashville - Jackie Sheckler Finch - Google Books
  9. ^
  10. ^ Insiders' Guide to Nashville, 7th. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 


  • Tennessee State University website
  • TSU Tigers athletic website
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