Loyola may be an NCAA Division I school, but it hardly shows. Here, intercollegiate athletics are about as noticeable as George was when surrounded by John, Paul, and Ringo. Few students follow the teams unless a cross-town rival, such as the University of Illinois in Chicago, comes to pay a visit. Loyola's lack of a football team upsets many students who would much rather spend their Saturday afternoons sitting on stadium seats than on couch cushions. The men's basketball team has been competitive lately, but it has done little on the national stage since winning the NCAA championship in 1963. The volleyball teams are viewed as a bright spot for varsity sports by many Loyolans, but even they have only an underground following when compared to teams at other schools.
In stark contrast to its varsity squads, Loyola's intramural and club teams thrive. Fueled by a sizeable population of former high school athletes, intramurals are always popular. There is nothing (well, almost nothing) that can ease fragile nerves around finals time like a good game of flag football or indoor soccer. As far as club sports go, the rugby team probably attracts more followers than any of the varsity squads. Few things can top watching your friends beat the heck out of those scions of academia from Northwestern.