|University||State University of New York at Buffalo|
|Conference(s)||Mid-American Conference (MAC)|
|Athletic director||Daniel J. White|
|Football stadium||UB Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Alumni Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Amherst Audubon Field|
|Mascot||Victor E. Bull|
|Fight song||Victory March Fight Song|
|Colors||Blue and White
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. The Bulls currently play in Division I (Division I FBS in football), 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). The Bulls have been a member of the Mid-American Conference since 1998. 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. The Bulls have had dozens of athletes turn professional in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
The current Director of Athletics is Danny White.
- 1 Mid-American Conference Schools
- 2 Colonial Athletic Association Schools
- 3 Men's sports
- 4 Women's sports
- 5 Co-ed cheerleading
- 6 2013 Chancellor's Scholar Athletic Award recipients
- 7 True Blue
- 8 Marching and pep bands
- 9 Block B Letter Winners Association
- 10 Athletics Hall of Fame
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Mid-American Conference Schools
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).
Colonial Athletic Association Schools
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. Buffalo participates in the CAA in women's rowing.
Men's team sports at UB include those in football, basketball, track and field, baseball, wrestling, soccer, swimming and diving, cross country, and tennis.
The Buffalo Bulls football team is a relatively new member of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, having joined in 1998. 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. At that time, they were ranked 117, and were coached by Jim Hofher. The Bulls averaged just under 11,250 fans per game in 2003. On September 9, 2007, the Bulls broke a four-game losing streak by defeating Temple University with a score of 42-7. The Bulls accumulated 414 offensive yards in the game. Sophomore tailback Mario Henry, and the Bull's defense, were credited in the MAC win. In 2008, the Buffalo Bulls routed the previously ranked and unbeaten Ball State Cardinals 42-24, capturing their first Mid-American Conference Championship. 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 on January 3, 2009 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In that game, the Bulls lost with a score of 38-20.
Selected notable players signed with the NFL
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. 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. In the MAC final, despite leading by 17 at the half, the Bulls lost in overtime to Ohio University 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). During that season, the Bulls were led by Coach Reggie Witherspoon, and ended the season with a school record of 23 wins.
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
Track and Field
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. Two men were also named to Nationals at that meet.
Soccer and selected notable players
Andrae Clarke, a young standout, trialed with the Chicago Fire in 2007, while former goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth signed for the New England Revolution in 2009. Shuttleworth is in his fifth year with the Revolution as of 2014. In 2010, Martin John, a young full back, successfully passed a trial at Cardiff City, gaining a one-year contract. John, a native of Ontario, Canada, made his debut there in a 4-1 win over Burton Albion on August 11, 2010.
The Bulls' women's teams feature basketball, track and field, cross country, volleyball, softball, soccer, rowing, tennis, cheerleading, and swimming and diving. The women's teams were formerly known as the UB Royals.
Track and Field
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 season, the Bulls earned fourth place at the MAC championships held at Kent State University. 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. They broke a school, MAC, and facility record with their run of 3:39.70, the fastest MAC time during that season. Henry also set both a school and MAC record in the 800 meter run, racing in 2:06.68. Henry was named Outstanding female track performer for her performances in both the 4 x 400 relay and the 800 meters. 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.
The UB women's tennis team reached the MAC Championship from 2005-2008, losing to Western Michigan during the first two efforts. In 2008, the Bulls secured their first MAC title, defeating Western Michigan, 4-3. The Bulls then went on to their first NCAA Tournament, 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); and Stan and Denise Harijanto represented UB in the All-Tournament team.
In 2004, the Bulls lost to three-time defending champion University of Connecticut with a score of 107-40. At that time, the loss was the worst the Bulls had experienced since going to Division I status. During the prior season, the Bulls' record was 6-21. Coach Cheryl Dozier had a young team in 2004, with six women making their Division I debut that season.
The current UB women's basketball coach is Felisha Legette-Jack.
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.
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, 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. In 2008, Buffalo hosted the Harvey Cup.
Volleyball and selected notable player
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. 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. Several UB players in the game scored more than 7 kills each, with Kristin Bignell making 9 kills. A UB Bull in women's volleyball who turned professional is Lizaiha Garcia (2007) for Puerto Rico.
The UB women's soccer team won a regular season MAC title in 2000.
Cheerleading at UB now includes a co-ed cheerleading team for men's football and basketball. 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.
2013 Chancellor's Scholar Athletic Award recipients
The following student athletes at UB received the 2013 Chancellor's Scholar Athletic Award:
These athletes maintain a high grade point average (GPA) while also participating in their sport.
As of 2007, the official student organization that supports Buffalo athletics is True Blue. 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]." True Blue has been featured on major television networks such as ESPN, CBS, and NBC.
Marching and pep bands
UB also maintains a student pep band.
Block B Letter Winners Association
The mission of the Block B Letter Winners Association at UB is to connect former student-athletes and sustain UB's athletic tradition. 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. As of 2014, there is a membership fee of $75 that is required to join the Association; and many benefits of membership are offered.
Athletics Hall of Fame
The UB Athletics Hall of Fame is sponsored by the UB Alumni Association. One member of the Hall of Fame is UB's late president, Bill Greiner, who brought the university back to Division I status.
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