Millsaps Majors

Millsaps Majors
University Millsaps College
Conference Southern Athletic Association
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Josh Brooks
Location Jackson, MS
Varsity teams 18
Football stadium Harper Davis Field (football, soccer, and lacrosse)
Basketball arena The Hangar Dome (basketball and volleyball)
Baseball stadium Twenty Field
Other arenas Millsaps Softball Complex
Mascot The Millsaps Major[1]
Nickname Majors
Fight song "Purple and White" ("Notre Dame Victory March")
Colors Purple and White

The Millsaps Majors is the nickname for the sports teams of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and their colors are purple and white. They participate in the NCAA's Division III and the Southern Athletic Association.[2]

Men participate in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, tennis, golf, lacrosse, track and field, and cross country. Women's sports include basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, lacrosse, track and field, and volleyball.[2]


Millsaps's all-time record in football is 380 wins, 356 loses and 36 ties (.516). The gridiron Majors have posted two undefeated regular seasons in their history (1980 & 2008), earned three NCAA playoff tournament berths (1975, 2006 & 2008) and claimed six Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships (1991, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009).


2009 saw the Majors end the regular season with a 32-8 winning record (15-5 SCAC) and a SCAC West Division championship.[3][4] On April 14, 2009, the Majors were named the No. 1 team in the country by for the first time in the programs history. It was the first time any athletic team has achieved this high of a ranking.[5]

Major League Baseball Draft

Millsaps has had 3 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[6]

Year Player Round Team
1997 Peter Austin 40 Pirates
2005 Garner Wetzel 10 Rockies
2006 Garner Wetzel 18 Padres


Both men and women began lacrosse teams in 2010.[7]


The Majors had a fierce football and basketball rivalry with Mississippi College in nearby Clinton through the 1950s before competition was suspended after an infamous student brawl at a basketball game. Campus legend says the brawl was sparked by the alleged theft of the body of Millsaps founder Major Millsaps by Mississippi College students. The rivalry was considered by many as the best in Mississippi, featuring a prank by Mississippi College students who painted "TO HELL WITH MILSAPS" (sic) on the Millsaps Observatory. The football rivalry resumed in 2000 as the "Backyard Brawl", with games being held at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium until 2006 when it was played at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College. The rivalry took a one-year hiatus in 2005 but resumed in 2006.

NFL affiliation

Millsaps was the summer training camp home for the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2006, 2007 and 2008.


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