Southern Methodist University
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Location: Dallas, Texas
Colors: Harvard Red and Yale Blue
Men: Football, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Notable Athletic Accomplishments
- Three national championships and a Heisman Trophy winner in football
- Will make its third consecutive appearance in a bowl game
- Has won the two of the last three Conference USA Western Division titles
- 14 conference championships in men's basketball and a Final Four appearance
- Ranked as the top school in its conference for 10 straight years in the Director's Cup overall athletic rankings.
- The men's soccer program has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of the last 18 seasons, including Final Four appearances in 2000 & 2005.
The official mascot of SMU athletics, a black Shetland pony named "Peruna," has been on the sidelines for SMU home contests for more than 70 years. SMU became known as the Mustangs in 1917 after an official vote of the student body (Bisons and Greyhounds were the other finalists). The name is said to have been coined by the University President's secretary who said the football players ran around like a "bunch of wild Mustangs." The school's most recent mascot, Peruna IX, took the field for the first time on October 15, 2011.
In keeping with the Texas college tradition of hand signs, SMU has shown its school pride by raising two bent fingers in a gesture known as "Pony Ears". The hand signal was said to have started as a `V' for victory but by the mid-1970s was adjusted to a more curved variation to more closely imitate the floppy ears of a mustang.
SMU's Mustang Band stands as one of the most unique in college sports. Heavily influenced by the big band jazz music of the 1920's, the band will often perform for up to 45 minutes after games. They also strive to be the "best dressed" and have 32 different uniform combinations made up of different color ties, sport coats and pants.
Before every home football game, SMU students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather along Bishop Boulevard for pregame picnicking and festivities. The north end of the Boulevard hosts the tents of student organizations, including almost every fraternity and sorority on campus. It is not uncommon to see pets, alumni, and children of all ages with their parents, all walking along the Boulevard. Booths offer face and body painting and give away SMU gear such as pom-poms, stickers, and temporary tattoos.
Kathy Bates - Academy Award-winning actress
Raymond Berry - Pro Football Hall of Fame member
Laura Bush - Former First Lady
James Cronin - Nobel Prize-winning physicist
Eric Dickerson - Pro Football Hall of Fame member
Jim Irsay -owner of the Indianapolis Colts
Jerry Junkins - chairman and CEO of Texas Instruments
Payne Stewart - professional golfer
Doak Walker - Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Fame member