USF is lacking a football team, which is usually seen as essential to college sports, so the school loses a lot of fans to apathy. However, there is an impressive alumni following, and many students do enjoy attending basketball and baseball games regularly. Though many students claim "hectic schedules" as the cause for not showing up for more athletic events, there is plenty of interest and participation in intramural sports. Most USF students seem to think that intramural sports are more fun and inviting, and so they attract a fairly large following. San Francisco’s professional teams get a lot of love from the student body, though, with many students slighting school spirit in favor of the 49ers, the Giants, the Warriors, and so on.
There is a fair amount of athletes with serious potential at USF, so it’s unfortunate that so much of the student body overlooks athletics. Most of the people you’ll see at games are friends, family, alumni, and sadly, fans of the opposing team. Still, when a Dons team starts winning more games, word spreads throughout campus, and many fair-weather fans crop up seemingly overnight. This is especially true for the men’s basketball team and the women’s volleyball team. Newcomers should certainly check out a game or two, especially seeing as everyone at USF has their own degree of interest in school spirit.