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  • The University of Missouri-Columbia is a Division I-A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big 12 Conference. Over 500 student-athletes compete in 20 varsity sports throughout the school year, claiming both athletic and academic honors along the way. The Department of Athletics operating revenue for fiscal year 2005 was $39 million, of which 99.25% was self-generated.
  • From a broad-based competitive standpoint, the 2004-05 season was among the most successful ever at Missouri. MU finished 43rd in the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) Directors' Cup standings. The student-athletes and coaches totaled a record 483.5 points, shattering the previous Missouri best of 365.5 set in 2000-01.
  • Another way to measure competitive success lies in the post-season competition. Mizzou measured up to this standard very well during the 2004-05 season, as a record 14 of the 20 sport programs were represented in NCAA post-season competition.
  • During the winter 2005 semester, Missouri student-athletes achieved their highest overall grade-point average for any semester. The overall student-athlete grade-point average for the semester was a 2.96.


  • Eight sport programs achieved their highest ever grade-point average as a team. Those programs included Women's Golf (3.45), Softball (3.21), Women's Swimming (3.28), Men's Track (3.23), Men's Cross Country (3.34), Women's Track (3.49), Women's Cross Country (3.72), and Volleyball (3.29).
  • Women's Cross Country broke the record for the highest-ever team grade-point average with a 3.72.
  • Missouri student-athletes topped the previous record of 31 perfect 4.0's in a semester set back in 1998 with 36 during the winter 2005 term.
  • A record number of student-athletes made their dean's list this semester. Last year's record-breaking semester of 125 was replaced this semester with 148 student-athletes making their respective dean's list.
  • 72 student-athletes made their respective Academic All-Big 12 First Teams during the winter 2005 term.
  • MU led the nation during the winter 2005 semester for the number of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.


  • The Director of Athletics has made an outreach trip in 2004-05 year once a month and has visited 300 communities around the state in his tenure.

Financial Interest

  • While student-athletes were breaking records in the classroom and on the playing field, the Tiger Scholarship Fund was making its own mark in Mizzou history. In 2005, TSF membership grew to 5,050 and annual giving totaled 6.7 million. In addition, beginning in 2005 anyone who recruits one new contributor to the Tiger Scholarship Fund (minimum of $50) will be recognized as members of the Just Get One Club. The goal of Mizzou Athletics is to grow grass-roots support throughout the entire state and country. To accomplish this, we are striving to increase the number of individual contributors to the Tiger Scholarship Fund through the Just Get One Club.
  • Television appearances in the 2004-05 academic year, primarily in football and men's basketball, reached $3.4 million generation toward the annual budget.
  • The athletic department contributed $10,000 in support of the Ellis Library.
  • Financial support has been given to various areas around the Missouri campus including:
    • $335,728 in institutionary support of accounting, procurement, etc,
    • $85,000 in support of the Mizzou marching band
    • $232,500 for parking across campus services
    • $150,000 for operations of the state-of-the art Natatorium which opened Spring of 2005
    • $5,000 directed to Recreation Services for support of Epple Field/Green Tennis Center
    • $1 million plus for utilities
    • $5 million plus towards scholarships to main campus
    • $150,000 towards the University Hospital for Medical Services with MU Health Care
    • $200,000 for the Missouri University Police Department services from the MU Police
    • $178,000 to Campus Facilities for Construction/Project Management Services
    • $100,000 plus to Campus Facilities for various services
    • $978,000 to Energy Management for Utility Infrastructure

Athletic Venues

  • Mizzou Arena opened in fall of 2004 as home of MU Men's and Women's Basketball and host to many concerts and special events. Mizzou Arena and the Hearnes Center welcomed an estimated 765,000 visitors during the 2004-05 fiscal year. Along with hosting Missouri Athletic department events, Mizzou Arena and the Hearnes Center also hosted various concerts, trade and consumer shows, MSHSAA and other state championship events and numerous entertainment and community events. Highlights of concert programming during this fiscal year included Tony Bennett, Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson, Cher with Village People, Sting, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Keith Urban, Dave Chappelle, Larry the Cable Guy and others.
  • The Amphitheater at Mizzou enables spectators to enjoy summer programs in a unique venue on the University of Missouri campus. Nestled inside a wooded glade between the Hearnes Center and Faurot Field, the venue's capacity of approximately 6,000 - featuring nearly 2,000 reserved seats and 4,000 on the lawn - offers an intimate environment that allows for spectacular views to featured performances.
  • The Tiger Team Store posted strong sales during the 2004-05 fiscal year. Highlighted by an increase of over 24 percent and reaching its goal of earning over $1.3 million in sales in the fiscal year, the Tiger Team Store has proven it is the preferred shopping destination for the avid Tiger fan.
  • MU is one of only 34 public U.S. universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. Membership recognizes excellence in teaching and research endeavors and includes only the nation's top-tier institutions.
  • MU is one of only six public universities in the country with medicine, veterinary medicine and law all on one campus.
  • The Missouri Athletic Department entertained more than 1.2 million spectators, visitors and guests in its athletic facilities during the 2004-05 academic year. Included in this total is more than 300,000 spectators at football games at Faurot Field, and more than 200,000 at men's and women's basketball at Mizzou Arena.
  • All MU Athletic Department projects are planned and managed by appropriate staff from the University of Missouri Campus Facilities Services Group department. Approval and design processes follow the same procedures as procedures as projects for other units of the University. The expenses for such services are borne by the MU Athletic Department.
  • The Missouri Athletic Department facilities are used for select University events for reduced or no cost. Events such as commencements, blood drives, departmental meetings, banquets and Show Me State Games and Special Olympics to name a few.
  • The Missouri Athletic Department pays the University for utility consumption and maintenance of athletic facilities including routing maintenance, green space management, snow removal and other services.
  • The MU Athletic Department pays the University the full cost of in-state and out-of-state tuition, room and board, and fees for scholarships awarded to eligible student-athletes.
  • In any given academic year, the annual sport budgets of the MU Athletic Department rank in the bottom third of the Big 12 Conference.
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