Most students agree that the athletic scene at Pepperdine is pretty dismal. The vacuum left by the lack of a football team puts the money-making pressure on men’s basketball, a program with a habitually dismal record. More competitively ranked sports, namely the men’s volleyball and water polo teams, are beginning to draw bigger and bigger crowds. Yet, school spirit seems to be half-hearted at best, and stands do not necessarily fill up for every game. Overall, though, Pepperdine’s athletics program is considered in relation to the University’s small size.
On the other hand, Pepperdine’s more active students flock to the surprisingly popular intramural and club teams. Club water polo, rugby, and surfing are competitive and draw as many spectators as the average varsity tennis match. Intramural volleyball and basketball are also quite popular and spawn amusing team rivalries. Maybe Pepperdine students are just more inclined to participate in the sporting life than they are to kick back and watch. At any rate, regardless of how good some of Pepperdine’s varsity teams are, people do not exhibit an overwhelming amount of support or enthusiasm for them.