|School Name:||McNeese State University|
|Location:||Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Head coach:||Dave Simmons|
McNeese State University, founded in 1939, is a university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Originally called Lake Charles Junior College, the name became John McNeese Junior College in 1940; the school was part of the Louisiana State University system. In 1950, the school parted from the LSU system and became McNeese State College; in 1970, the institution gained university status.
McNeese's colors are blue and gold. The school's men's sports teams are known as the Cowboys, while the women's athetic teams are the Cowgirls. McNeese State sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Southland Conference.
McNeese State University's teams are nicknamed the Cowboys (or Cowgirls). Their basketball teams play at Burton Coliseum south of campus.
- Tierre Brown - perennial National Basketball Association player.
- Joe Dumars - National Basketball Association former guard for the Detroit Pistons; member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.