Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers

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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 www.tsutigers.com

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.


A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee State University sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[6]

Athletic Facilities[edit]


Men's Basketball: Gentry Center

Women's Basketball:

Football: Nissan Stadium

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]