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Buffalo Bulls
Logo
University State University of New York at Buffalo
Conferences Mid-American Conference (MAC)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Daniel J. White
Location Buffalo, NY
Football stadium UB Stadium
Basketball arena Alumni Arena
Baseball stadium Amherst Audubon Field
Mascot Victor E. Bull
Nickname Bulls
Fight song Victory March Fight Song
Colors
     Blue       White
Homepage UBBulls.com
Victor E. Bull, November 5, 2013
UB's Buffalo Bulls Mascot with UB Pep Band Member, October 1990

The Buffalo Bulls, also known as the UB Bulls, are the athletic teams representing the University at Buffalo (UB) in the State University of New York system, in intercollegiate athletics.[1] The Bulls currently play in Division I (Division I FBS of the NCAA in football),[1] and are a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for all sports except women's rowing, which is in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).[1] The Bulls have been a member of the Mid-American Conference since 1998.[1][2] The Buffalo Bulls field 11 men's and women's athletic teams in sports, although only nine team sports for both men and women are identified on the official website.[1] The Bulls have had dozens of athletes turn professional in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.[3] The mascot of UB's athletic teams is Victor E. Bull. In 2001, Victoria S. Bull[4][5] was introduced as Victor's sister, but has not been observed for many years.

The current Director of Athletics is Danny White.

Mid-American Conference Schools[edit]

Universities participating in the Mid-American Conference include Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo (UB), Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Kent State, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ohio, and the University of Massachusetts (UMass).[6]

Colonial Athletic Association Schools[edit]

Colleges and universities that are part of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) include the College of Charleston, the University of Delaware, Drexel University, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, Towson, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and William and Mary.[7] Buffalo participates in the CAA in women's rowing.

Men's sports[edit]

Men's team sports at UB include those in football, basketball, track and field, baseball, wrestling, soccer, swimming and diving, cross country, and tennis.[1]

Baseball[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

True Blue Student Section at a 2012 "Blackout" game

The Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team has been a member of Division I since the mid-1990s after dropping to the Division III level for the 1977-1978 season, spending time in the Mid-Continent Conference before moving to the Mid-American Conference in 1999.

After several years of mediocrity, the Bulls had their most memorable season in their 2004-2005 campaign.[8] Led by senior guard Turner Battle, (who is now Bulls assiant head coach) the Bulls went on an improbable run to the Mid-American Conference Championship, beating Western Michigan in the semi-finals at the Gund Arena in Cleveland.[8] In the MAC final, despite leading by 17 at the half, the Bulls lost in overtime to Ohio University[8] on a tip-in by Leon Williams with 0.5 seconds remaining. The Bulls failed to clinch the automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and were not chosen by the selection committee on Selection Sunday. They then went to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).[8] During that season, the Bulls were led by Coach Reggie Witherspoon, and ended the season with a school record of 23 wins.[8]

In 2008, the men's basketball team that included Greg Gamble, Andy Robinson, Rondey Pierce, Calvin Betts, Mitchell Watt, Titus Robinson, John Boyer, Byron Mulkey, Brain Addison, Max Boudreau, Jawann Alston, Sean Smiley, Dave Barnett, Adekambi Laleye, and Vadim Fedotov went into the MAC Championship game, but lost to Akron. The Bulls head coach in his first year is Bobby Hurley, replacing Reggie Witherspoon.

Selected notable players[edit]

Sam Pellom has played in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. He also played for the Washington Generals, and in a game against the Harlem Globetrotters before making it to the NBA.

Men's cross country[edit]

During UB's hosting of the MAC championships in 2012, Zach Ahart took ninth place, being the men's top finisher in a field of 12 teams.[9][10] In that event, UB's men's team placed fifth, overall.[9]

At the 2013 Princeton Invitational, the men placed 13th in a field of 25 schools.[9] Ahart captured top honors in that meet, placing 12th by securing a time of 24:13.[9][10] Cameron Bruce ran the race in a time of 24:44, finishing in 39th place.[9][11] Additional UB runners also participated in the event.[9]

Football[edit]

Buffalo Bulls vs. Canisius at UB, October 1991

The Buffalo Bulls football team is a relatively new member of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, having joined in 1998.[2] Despite its brief history, and disappointing recent performances in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Bulls football program has a rich tradition, to which it has returned.

In 2003, the Bulls were 6-39 since going to Division I-A.[2] At that time, they were ranked 117, and were coached by Jim Hofher.[2] The Bulls averaged just under 11,250 fans per game in 2003.[2] On September 9, 2007, the Bulls broke a four-game losing streak by defeating Temple University with a score of 42-7.[12] The Bulls accumulated 414 offensive yards in the game.[12] Sophomore tailback Mario Henry, and the Bull's defense, were credited in the MAC win.[12] In 2008, the Buffalo Bulls routed the previously ranked and unbeaten Ball State Cardinals 42-24, capturing their first Mid-American Conference Championship.[13] In that game, two fumbles were returned for touchdowns. The final game of the 2008-2009 campaign was against the University of Connecticut in the 2009 International Bowl[14] on January 3, 2009 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In that game, the Bulls lost[14] with a score of 38-20.

Selected notable players signed with the NFL[edit]

Men's soccer[edit]

UB Men's Track Team, 1990
UB Men's Track Team Member Performing Shot Put at NCAA Championships, Springfield, MA, 1990

Andrae Clarke, a young standout, trialed with the Chicago Fire[15] in 2007, while former goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth signed for the New England Revolution in 2009.[16] Shuttleworth is in his fifth year with the Revolution as of 2014.[16] In 2010, Martin John, a young full back, successfully passed a trial at Cardiff City, gaining a one-year contract.[17] John, a native of Ontario, Canada, made his debut there in a 4-1 win over Burton Albion on August 11, 2010.[17]

Men's swimming and diving[edit]

In 2013, the UB men's swimming and diving team was ranked third in preseason polls completed by MAC coaches.[18] The men completed the previous season, in 2013, achieving third place in the MAC Championships.[18] Senior Mike Dugan leads the men's team.[18][19] In the 2013 MAC Championships, Dugan earned two individual titles, and competed in three winning relay teams.[18][19] He then went on to compete in the first-team all-Mac squad.[18][19]

Men's tennis[edit]

"Men’s tennis coach Lee Nickell was selected MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bulls to their first regular-season league title, and a spot in the conference championship match."[20]

Men's track and field[edit]

Men's track and field includes an outdoor and indoor season. Concluding the men's 2013-2014 indoor season, the Bulls finished fourth at the MAC championships held at Kent State University, their best-ever showing.[21] Two men were also named to Nationals at that meet.[21]

Wrestling[edit]

Women's sports[edit]

The Bulls' women's teams feature basketball, track and field, cross country, volleyball, softball, soccer, rowing, tennis, and swimming and diving.[1] The women's teams were formerly known as the UB Royals.

Women's basketball[edit]

In 2004, the Bulls lost to three-time defending champion University of Connecticut with a score of 107-40.[22] At that time, the loss was the worst the Bulls had experienced since going to Division I status.[22] During the prior season, the Bulls' record was 6-21.[22] Coach Cheryl Dozier had a young team in 2004, with six women making their Division I debut that season.[22]

The current UB women's basketball coach is Felisha Legette-Jack.

Women's cross country[edit]

In 2012, UB hosted the MAC championships.[9] The team placed seventh out of 12 teams.[9] UB's top finisher in that event was Kara Patrick, completing the race in 21st place.[9][23]

At the Princeton Invitation, held in October 2013, the UB women's cross country team finished in fourth place with 160 points.[9] There were 25 teams represented at the event.[9] UB's top finishers were junior Chrissy Clarkin[24] and freshman Caroline Brown.[9][25] The two completed the 5K race in 22:20.[9] Additional women's cross country team members also ran in the event.[9]

Rowing[edit]

Under longtime head coach Rudy Wieler, the UB women's rowing team has become one of the best performing groups within the Buffalo Athletics Department.[26]

Because the Mid-American Conference does not include rowing as a sport, the Buffalo Bulls rowing team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The Bulls won the CAA title in rowing in 2010 by one point against Northeastern,[26] and finished a close second in 2011.

UB annually hosts the Harvey Cup. The Cup is named in recognition and in memory of former Associate Athletic Director and Senior Administrator Nan Harvey, who died in September 2003 after battling cancer for more than three years. The Cup was held by Eastern Michigan University, the only other MAC institution that supports rowing, from its inception until 2006 when the Bulls first claimed the Cup. Buffalo won the Harvey Cup in 2006 and 2007.[27] In 2008, Buffalo hosted the Harvey Cup.[27]

Women's soccer[edit]

The UB women's soccer team won a regular season MAC title in 2000.[28]

Softball[edit]

Women's swimming and diving[edit]

In 2013, the UB women's swimming and diving team was ranked fourth in preseason polls completed by MAC coaches.[18] At the 2013 MAC Championships, the team finished in fifth place.[18] Brittney Kuras and Mallory Morrell led the team.[18][29] Kuras was named Outstanding Swimmer of the MAC during the past two seasons.[18][29] She won three individual titles while also maintaining top league status in each race, including the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, and the 200-yard individual medley.[18][29] She also swam on the team's winning 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relay teams.[18][29]

Morrell was the first UB women's swimmer to earn Honorable Mention in the NCAA when she completed the 50-yard freestyle in 22.46, finishing 13th.[18] She earned this honor at the national meet, held in Indianapolis.[18] Morrell set league and school records of 22.24 by grabbing the MAC title in the 50-yard freestyle.[18] She swam on UB's winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams; and she also swam a season best time of 49.47 in the 100-yard freestyle by finishing second.[18] Morrell raced to 50.17 in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing 59th at the NCAA Championships.[18]

Women's tennis[edit]

UB Women's Track Team, 1990
UB Women's Track Team Members (at Rear) Running in NCAA Championships, Springfield, MA, 1990

The UB women's tennis team reached the MAC Championship from 2005-2008, losing to Western Michigan during the first two efforts.[28] In 2008, the Bulls secured their first MAC title, defeating Western Michigan, 4-3.[28][30] The Bulls then went on to their first NCAA Tournament,[28][30] where they played the eventual NCAA Champion, UCLA. That year, Bulls tennis player Smaranda Stan - a native of Romania - was named the MAC tournament's most valuable player (MVP);[28][30] and Stan and Denise Harijanto represented UB in the All-Tournament team.[30]

Women's track and field[edit]

Women's track and field includes an outdoor and an indoor season. Some women participate in both indoor and outdoor track and field. Finishing the 2013-2014 indoor season, the Bulls earned fourth place at the MAC championships held at Kent State University.[21] The UB women's 4 x 400 team, consisting of Donna Jeanty, Asia Henry, Crystal Graham, and Camaria Long, won first place at the championships.[21] They broke a school, MAC, and facility record with their run of 3:39.70, the fastest MAC time during that season.[21] Henry also set both a school and MAC record in the 800 meter run, racing in 2:06.68.[21] Henry was named Outstanding female track performer for her performances in both the 4 x 400 relay and the 800 meters.[21] Long ran a personal best time in the 200 meter dash, gaining a school record with 24.09 seconds, as well as the first MAC crown in her track career.[21]

Volleyball[edit]

In 2010, the UB women's volleyball team opened their season with a 3-0 win against Youngstown State University at the West Virginia University Mountaineer Classic.[31] In that win, the Lady Bulls won three straight sets with scores of 26-24, 25-20, and 25-16 after a slow start in the first set.[31] Several UB players in the game scored more than 7 kills each, with Kristin Bignell making 9 kills.[31]

Selected notable players[edit]

A UB Bull in women's volleyball who turned professional is Lizaiha Garcia (2007) for Puerto Rico.[3]

Co-ed cheerleading[edit]

Buffalo Bulls Football Cheerleaders at UB, October 1991

Cheerleading at UB now includes a co-ed cheerleading team for men's football and basketball.[32][33] The squad originally included women only. In the past 20 years, the cheerleading team has placed in the top ten, nationally, on at least seven occasions, including being named the national champion in 1994 and runner-up in 1995.[33]

2013 Chancellor's Scholar Athletic Award recipients[edit]

The following student athletes at UB received the 2013 Chancellor's Scholar Athletic Award:

  • Matt Hogan, Men's Swimming and Diving[34]
  • Brittney Kuras, Women's Swimming and Diving[34]
  • Alex Neutz, Football[34]
  • Austin Price, Men's Track and Field[34]
  • Tanvi Shah, Women's Tennis[34]
  • Shante’ White, Women's Track and Field[34]

These athletes maintain a high grade point average (GPA) while also participating in their sport.

True Blue[edit]

True Blue logo

As of 2007, the official student organization that supports Buffalo athletics is True Blue.[35] The prominent faces of the organization include a group of at least ten students who paint themselves to spell out, "GO BULLS" for every home football game, and selected basketball games for both men and women. With more than 6,000 members, True Blue is the largest organization on campus.

True Blue also organizes selected road trips to support the Bulls. On September 3, 2011, True Blue took three buses full of students to Pittsburgh, PA for the season opening game against the University of Pittsburgh.

True Blue is run by an executive board of four members, and a Board of Directors of 10 members. They organize tailgate parties, road trips, events, and programs; and they help promote sports spirit and tradition throughout the university. The organization hopes to become "the most feared student section in the MAC [Mid-American Conference]."[36] True Blue has been featured on major television networks such as ESPN, CBS, and NBC.[37]

Marching and pep bands[edit]

UB Pep Band with Conductor Norm Alexander at UB Homecoming Football Game, October 1991, 10 Year Anniversary

The Thunder of the East is the student marching band.[33]

UB also maintains a student pep band,[33] known as the Blue Noise Pep Band.

Fight songs of the bands include "Victory March," "Go for a Touchdown," and "Buffalo Fight Song."[38]

Block B Letter Winners Association[edit]

Bill Greiner Speaking to Students at UB Homecoming Football Game vs. Hofstra, October 1992

The mission of the Block B Letter Winners Association at UB is to connect former student-athletes and sustain UB's athletic tradition.[39] The Association is open to all former UB student-athletes, coaches, managers, trainers, and cheerleaders who have participated and/or served in athletics for at least one year.[39] As of 2014, there is a membership fee of $75 that is required to join the Association;[39] and many benefits of membership are offered.[39]

Athletics Hall of Fame[edit]

The UB Athletics Hall of Fame is sponsored by the UB Alumni Association.[40] One member of the Hall of Fame is UB's late president, Bill Greiner,[41][42] who brought the university back to Division I status.[42]

See also[edit]

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