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Great Mascot Names

by Craig Mattick

I enjoy searching reasons why mascot are named for high schools and colleges.

There are a ton of Lions, Tigers and Bears....

How about the "weird" mascots today in College?

There is only one:

"Aztecs" (San Diego State)

"Bantams" (Trinity College, CT) (named after a chicken)

"Battling Bishops" (Ohio Wesleyan)  (better than a Titular Bishop..a bishop w/o a diocese)

"Bees"  (St. Ambrose)  (I'm sure they're busy)

"Big Blue" (Millikin University)

"Blue Bears"  (Livingston College)  (Never seen a blue bear)

"Boll Weevils (University of Arkansas, Monticello)

"Duhawks"  (Loras College) (combines Dubuque & Dubuque Hawks)

"Ephs" (Williams College)   (rhymes with "chiefs")  (named after found Ephraim Williams)

"Golden Flashes"  (Kent State) (used to be Silver Foxes)

"Gulls"  (Endicott College)

"Ichabods" (Washburn University of Topeka)  

"Jackrabbit"  (South Dakota State)

"Lights"  (Montana State-Northern)    (I bet they hear a lot, "Turn out the lights!")

"Maroons"  (University of Chicago)  (Spanish for fugitive)

"Muleriders"  (Southern Arkansas)  (I guess better than ass-rider)

"Poets"  (Whittier College)  (not very intimidating)

"Ragin' Cajuns" (Louisiana-Lafayette)

"Saxons"  (Alfred University)

"Student Princes"  (Heidelberg College)  (name from a German operetta)

"Wasps"  (Emory & Henry College)

"Wonder Boys"  (Arkansas Tech)  (wonder if they have a big "W" on their chest)

"Zips"  (University of Akron) (named from Zippers, rubber overshoes by BF Goodrich)

Kudos to those colleges and universities who choose a mascot which has a deep meaning to their geography or just want to be different!