Athletics at SMU!

Cory Mitchell, one of our Orientation Leaders from from Corona, California, is a junior majoring in Engineering Management Information and Systems and minoring in Economics. He spends most of his Saturdays during the fall semester running Peruna up and down the field during football games and if not found there will likely be found cheering very loudly for the Men’s basketball and soccer teams. As one of the biggest SMU sports fans there is, let’s see what he has to say about SMU’s most cherished athletic programs! 

Sports at SMU


Although SMU’s student population size pales in comparison to some larger Division I schools, it 
allows students the best of both worlds by combining small class sizes and intimate learning environments coupled with the excitement of Division I sports, and this year saw breakthroughs in many sports as well as the introduction of Men and Women tennis teams. From a stand point of success, this year the Men and Women Mustangs accounted for the highest combined total of postseason appearances and conference championships. Needless to say, the Pony Express was chugging this year. With attendance at Basketball games at full capacity and football attendance steadily increasing, the outlook looks promising that these two premier teams will draw SMU further into the national spotlight in the coming years.

Women’s Highlights

This year was outstanding for SMU women’s athletics. Women’s swim defended it’s Conference titles. equestrian remains top 5 nationally and continues to take down the countries best teams, volleyball won another conference title and a post season tournament birth, and outstanding cross country and track athletes competed in their respective national championships this year.
Men’s Highlights
Bryson Dechambeau won the national championship in stroke play and will be playing in the Masters this April. Men’s soccer had a breakout season, advancing to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA championship and defeating undefeated (previously 29-0) Denver to get there. Football began it’s rebuilding by hiring one of the top head coaches in the country also dramatically improving in every stat category and giving fans close games against TCU and Baylor. Men’s basketball despite being unable to participate in the postseason was the last team to remain undefeated through 18 games with our seniors putting up season high numbers which sold out Moody nearly every home game.

Looking forward

What makes SMU athletics so dynamically special is that all sports are constantly breaking new ground and making a habit of winning. Of course the prime time teams such as men’s basketball, football and soccer see the highest attendance, every other sport in either contending nationally, winning conference championships, making post seasons runs, or building a solid foundation to build upon next season. SMU continues to garnish national attention as it’s teams get better and each year expect the teams to get better and better.