Tulsa’s successes in the American

When moving into the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2014, The University of Tulsa was leaving a league, Conference USA, where the Golden Hurricane had enjoyed tremendous success.

Tulsa had won a league-high 56 conference championships in nine years as a member of Conference USA. Hurricane teams have picked up where they left off after leaving C-USA.

In its two years as a member of The American, Tulsa has won nine conference crowns, the most combined for the last two years among league schools.

Tulsa has won conference titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer and women’s tennis in each of its first two years in The American, and won the 2016 Softball Championship for its two-year total of nine championships.

The Golden Hurricane also had its football team in a bowl game and its men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament in the same year together for the first time ever.

The football team made the school’s 20th bowl game appearance and the basketball team made its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015-16.

In addition to Tulsa, three other American Athletic Conference schools made the NCAA Basketball Tourney, while also having its football team playing in a bowl game in 2015, including Temple, UConn and Cincinnati. The only other conferences to have at least four schools accomplish that feat were the ACC (4), Big 10 (5), the Big 12 (7) and the Pac-12 (5).

As of the June 2nd Learfield Directors’ Cup Division I Standings, Tulsa was the second-highest ranked American Athletic Conference institution with a No. 71 national ranking, sitting behind UConn (50th). Tulsa has ranked among the top-100 schools in the Learfield Cup standings in each of the last eight years.

“Our student-athletes and coaches continue to dedicate themselves to being the best in the American Athletic Conference. The success that our teams have enjoyed over the last decade, first in Conference USA, and now continuing that winning tradition in The American is quite impressive,” said Dr. Derrick Gragg, Tulsa’s vice-president and director of athletics.

Despite having the smallest enrollment in each of the two conferences, as well as among all FBS schools, Tulsa continues to impress on the field of play. With an undergraduate enrollment of under 3,500 students, Tulsa is quite smaller than the largest of the American Athletic Conference schools.

UCF, located in Orlando, Florida, has the largest student population with an enrollment of over 60,000 students.

Last 2 Years of American Athletic Conference Championships

(The American recognizes post-season titles as conference champions if a tournament or championship game is held)

School (Enrollment) – Conference Titles

Tulsa (3,429) – 9

UConn (31,119) – 8

UCF (60,767)  – 6

Houston (42,704) – 5

SMU (11,643) – 5

USF (48,793) – 4

Cincinnati (43,691) – 3

East Carolina (27,511) – 3

Memphis (20,585) – 1

Tulsa’s American Athletic Conference Championships


Men’s Cross Country

Women’s Cross Country

Men’s Soccer

Women’s Tennis


Men’s Cross Country

Women’s Cross Country

Men’s Soccer


Women’s Tennis