Impact

By the Numbers

Numbers of Countries Represented

Number of Tennessee High Schools Represented

Number of States Represented

Number of Majors Represented

Number of Scholarships Provided to Student Athletes

Number of Colleges (Majors) Represented

It means a lot have the opportunity to represent TSU at a high level. It’s an honor being the only HBCU in the OVC. I love being apart of new culture we’re trying to build here in our program. This school has always been a winning culture and it feels great to be apart of the restart of the basketball culture. Our fans and supporters are great. They love to come out and see us perform and there’s nothing like playing in the Gentry center. My overall experience has been great and I’m looking forward to finishing out my career here.

Cost of Athletics

$497,989

Equipment, Gear, Uniforms

$298,090

Sports Medicine, Training Room

$514,838

Team Travel

$117,166

Academic Services
(Advisors, Tutors, Etc.)

$140,500

Athletic Performance, Weight Training

$534,970

Game Expenses

Average Annual Cost Per In-State Scholarship Student-Athlete versus Out of State Student-Athlete:

In-State Tution, Room, Board, Books

Regular Dorm:
$18,633

Hale/Rudolph:
$18,883

Apartment:
$21,219

Out of State Tuition, Room, Board, Books

Regular Dorm:
$31,989

Hale/Rudolph:
$32,239

Apartment:
$31,989

Success in Academics

6

% of TSU sports programs that had a GPA of 3.0 and above

72%

GSR (2019-2020)

3.65

Current Cumulative GPA of TSU Student-Athletes


15

How many TSU student-athletes in total have recognized as Academic Medal of Honor in 2019-2020

(MGO 1, WGO 1, WSB 2, MTE 1, WTE 2, WTR 2, and WVB 6)


7

How many programs saw an increase in cumulative GPA

15

How many student-athletes posted a perfect GPA in 2019-2020


75

How many TSU student-athletes in total have been named on the all OVC Academic Team Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2019-2020

(MBB 2, WBB 3, MCC 2, WCC 2 MFB 10, MGO 3, WGO 4, WSB 14, MTE 6, WTE 6, MTR 5, WTR 9 and WVB 9)

Success in Athletics

All-OVC

  • Football - 39 (Plus One Player of the Year)
  • Men's Basketball - 10
  • Women's Basketball - 5
  • Volleyball - 8 (Plus One Defensive Player of the Year)
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field - 16 Individual Championships (Plus Five Athletes of the Year)
  • Women's Indoor Track & Field - 13 Individual Championships (Plus Seven Athletes of the Year)
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 14 Individual Championships (Plus One Athlete of the Year)
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 11 (Plus Four Athletes of the Year)
  • Men's Tennis - 2
  • Softball - 1

All-Americans

  • Football - 17 (Plus One Player of the Year)
  • Women's Track & Field - 2

Football

  • Midwest Athletic Association / Midwest Conference / Midwestern Conference (13) - (1946, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
  • Ohio Valley Conference (2) - (1998, 1999)

Black College National Champions (13)

  • (1946, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1982, 2013)

NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) Playoffs (6)

  • (1981, 1982, 1986, 1998, 1999, 2013)

Men's Basketball

  • Ohio Valley Conference (3) - (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95)

NAIA National Championships (3)

  • (1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59)

Women's Basketball

  • Ohio Valley Conference (3) - (1993-94, 1994-95, 2014-15)

Volleyball

  • Ohio Valley Conference (2) - (2005, 2007)

Women's Indoor Track & Field

  • Ohio Valley Conference (5) - (2002, 2003, 2008, 2014, 2016)

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

  • Ohio Valley Conference (4) - (2001, 2002, 2008, 2015)

Ralph Boston

  • 1960 NCAA National Champion - Long Jump

Football

  • Richard Dent (Pro Football Hall of Fame - 2011)
  • Claude Humphrey (Pro Football Hall of Fame -2014)

Basketball

  • Dick Barnett (National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame - 2007)

Tigerbelles

  • Wilma Rudolph - United States Olympic Hall of Fame and National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Ralph Boston - National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Chandra Cheeseborough - National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Mae Faggs - National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Edith McGuire - National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Wyomia Tyus - National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Martha Watson - National Track & Field Hall of Fame
  • Willye B. White - National Track & Field Hall of Fame

Football

  • John Merritt - (College Football Hall of Fame - 1994)

Basketball

  • John McLendon - (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - 1979 and 2016) and (National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame - 2006)

Track & Field

  • Ed Temple - (United States Olympic Hall of Fame) and (National Track & Field Hall of Fame)

NFL (114)

NBA (18)

MLB (9)

NFL (4)

NBA (1)

MLB (0)

31 Tigerbelles; 1 Flying Tiger

Paralympic - 1 Flying Tiger

30 Medals (16 Gold; 8 Silver; 6 Bronze)

27 Tigerbelles; 3 Flying Tigers

Paralympics - 2 Flying Tigers

16 Gold Medals (15 - Tigerbelles; 1 - Flying Tigers)

Paralympics - 1 Flying Tiger

Donor Spotlight

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Robert Covington

The 2013 TSU graduate says the University played a major role in his personal and professional development, and now he will play a pivotal role in helping to develop its future basketball program at the “Covington Pavilion.”

Robert Covington didn't win the Skills Challenge, but he won All-Star weekend
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