Saint Louis University doesn’t offer football program in its offer of 18 sports they have including basketball which is played at the Chaifetz Arena.
The venue’s first event was a Harlem Globetrotters game against Washington Generals. The venue is considered as one of the toughest to play at amongst A-10 teams and an atmosphere generated during the games is worth spending some money on Saint Louis Billikens’ tickets. There are over 10500 seats available in the basketball configuration of this multi- purpose arena that is known by the nickname “Jewel of Midtown”.
There are sadly no plans of reviving a football program at SLU that existed for 50 years from 1899 to 1949. Initially the Billikens had plenty of success as they finished three seasons undefeated in years 1901, 1904 and 1906 and they were also inventing in their game plan by utilising a forward pass that still was a novelty.
As the history goes, during a game against Carroll College in 1906 the first ever forward pass in collegiate football has completed and the SLU won a shutout game.
The end of the football at the university came with consecutive losing seasons and rising success and popularity of basketball program in the 1940s. Their last game occurred on Thanksgiving 1949 and it was a shutout loss Houston Cougars.
Basketball program ranked first in a poll of AP in 1948-49 and since then Billikens has had some success.
The program is a member of Atlantic 10 Conference. The university’s mascot is the Billiken, an elephant like charm doll whose features are pointed ears and a mischievous smile. School’s colours are blue and white.
There are no major rivals that the university had competed through the years with but the school had some heated battles with Missouri State, SIUC and University of Dayton.
Through the years Saint Louis University compiled a record of 1379-1173 which includes record from A-10 conference standing at 208-151. The Billikens’ reached the NCAA tournament 9 times, their latest showing was in 2014, their biggest achievement was to reach the Elite Eight in 1952, the Billikens also reached the Sweet Sixteen in 1957.
The university was conference tournament champions twice (2013 was their latest success) and they also claimed 7 conference regular season titles, last time achieving that feat in 2014.
There haven’t been many Billikens that play in NBA but few athletes got through including Richard Boushka and Ed Macauley.
Boushka played forward position for five seasons he spent with Minneapolis Lakers, he also was a gold medallist at Olympic Games in 1956.
Macauley had more success during his 11 seasons in NBA, where he played for few teams including the Celtics and St. Louis Hawks which he won NBA title with. He was 7 times NBA All- Star including NBA All- Star game MVP in 1951 and he was inducted to Basketball Hall of Famer as the youngest male ever to be admitted, at the age of 32, a record which still stands.
Saint Louis University hasn’t had a lot of great deal of success but every now and again their teams produced some good results on the court and allowed some athletes to reach NBA.