|University||State University of New York at Buffalo|
|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 are the athletic teams representing the University at Buffalo in intercollegiate athletics. The Bulls currently play in Division I (Division I FBS in football), and are a member of the Mid-American Conference for all sports except women's rowing who is in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They have been a member of the Mid-American Conference since 1998. The Buffalo Bulls field men's and women's athletic 11 teams in sports.
The current Director of Athletics is Danny White.
The Buffalo Bulls football team is a relatively new member of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, having joined in 1999. Despite its brief history and disappointing recent performances in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Bulls football program has a rich tradition, which it is now returning to. In 2008 the Buffalo Bulls routed the previously ranked and unbeaten Ball State Cardinals 42-24, capturing their first Mid-American Conference Championship. In the 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 would go on to lose to UConn by a score of 38-20.
Notable former players who played (or play) in the NFL include:
- John Stofa
- Ed Ellis
- Ramon Guzman
- Drew Haddad
- Gerry Philbin
- Jamey Richard
- Chad Upshaw
- Trevor Scott
- James Starks
- Naaman Roosevelt
- Drew Willy
- Mike Newton
- Josh Thomas
- Craig Guest
- Steven Means
The Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team has been a member of Division I 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. Thus, the Bulls failed to clinch the automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and were not selected by the selection committee on Selection Sunday, they then went to the NIT.Also, 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 then lost to Akron. The Bulls head coach in his first year is Bobby Hurley, replacing Reggie Witherspoon.
Notable Players for played in the NBA:
Andrae Clarke, a young standout, has trialed with the Chicago Fire, while former goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth signed for the New England Revolution in 2009. Most recently, in 2010, Martin John, a young full back, successfully passed a trial at Cardiff City, earning him a one-year contract. He made his debut in a 4 - 1 win over Burton Albion on 11 August 2010.
Other men's sports
As for the women's teams, the Bulls feature teams in basketball, track and field, cross country volleyball, softball, soccer, rowing, tennis and swimming and diving.
The UB women's tennis team has made the MAC Championship in each of the last three seasons, finally clinching the MAC Title in 2008, defeating Western Michigan, 4-3. The Bulls went to their first NCAA Tournament where they played eventual NCAA Champion, UCLA.
UB's women's basketball coach is Felisha Legette-Jack.
Under longtime head coach Rudy Wieler the UB Woman's rowing team has become one of the best performing groups within the Buffalo Athletics Department.
Because the Mid-American Conference does not support rowing. The Buffalo Bulls rowing team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Bulls won the Colonial Athletic Association title in rowing in 2010, and finished a close second in 2011.
UB annually hosts The Harvey Cup. The Cup is named in recognition and memory of former Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman 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 which supports rowing, from its inception until 2006 when the Bulls first claimed the Cup. Buffalo has won every Cup since 2006.
As of 2007, the official student organization that supports Buffalo athletics is True Blue. The prominent faces of the organization is 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 over 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 4 members, and a Board of Directors of 10 members. They organize tailgate parties, road trips, events and programs, and help promote spirit and tradition throughout the university. The organization has garnered the attribute to be, "one of the most feared student sections in the mid-american conference." True Blue has been featured on major television networks such as; ESPN, CBS, and NBC.