Millsaps is a member of the SCAC, which also features rivals Sewanee and Rhodes. As a Division-III school, it is not allowed to give scholarships based on athletic ability, but that does not necessarily mean that the cupboard is empty. A baseball player was once drafted in the tenth round of the MLB draft. A number of players from other sports have received recognition as well. The truth is, though, that the premier sports—baseball, football, and basketball—have done well, but not well enough to overcome student apathy.
The good stories are rooted in the less popular teams. Female teams have an equal amount of success in their brackets, and soccer and cross country give consistently above-average performances. Intramurals are alive and well. Major IM sports are divided into male, female, and coed. It is never difficult to form a team, but it might be hard to find an appropriate league, as there are no distinctions in playing ability. The playing facilities are well-maintained and well-used. All students are given pretty much free reign to use the same exercise units as the athletes. If you are interested in a larger sporting experience, Jackson State and Alcorn State, two major powerhouses in Division II-A located across the street from campus, play in the Jackson Stadium once a year.