Behind the Names: College (FBS) Edition

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Nickname OriginSchool/Nickname
Formerly known as the Staters, a sports editor liked this nickname more and started referring to the team as this
Chosen by the student body to replace the Parsons, a nickname used due to the large number of theology students on campus
Originally known as the Flood, this name was taken to reflect the school's southern heritage
Chosen in 1911 to represent the university due to the large number of this reptile in the area
Chosen because it was the most formidable creature indigenous to the area, the alliterative effect, and the fact that at the time no other college or university employed it
Changed from the Red Wave by student vote in the 1970s to this: a name for the men of this Greek city
Recently changed from the Indians in honor of the local Osage tribe, this name was chosen in 2008 by a selection committee to be more politically correct
Chosen to increase pageantry and showmanship, this nickname persisted through a movement to change Native American nicknames
Named for an animal commonly seen in the surrounding Rocky Mountains
Chosen as the mascot in 1934 to replace Aggies; all dogs are named Jonathan
Chosen by a popular vote of this academy's first graduating class in 1959
Another name for the 'Cadets' of this academy
A reference to this Utah university's agricultural background
Although the more appropriate 'Golden Tornado' was preferred, that name was used elsewhere and the name evolved to this
According to legend, the nickname is due to a dog that was fed by students and later saved several lives in a fire; he was later found dead in the house ruins
Derived from this Texas university's agricultural background
Named after the Chausseurs Alpins, a group of French soldiers during WWI that were nicknamed 'Les Diables Bleus'
An homage to the early settlers of the state (and the local geography)
Formerly the Daniels and the Pedagogues, this mascot was officially adopted in 1925, well before the movie 300
Commandant Carbusier of old State University in KY said the football team fought like this ferocious beast
Named after members of the Germanic tribes who sacked Rome in 455 AD
Used by Coach Eugene Roberts in 1923 to represent his athletes; live mascots have escaped and killed children and animals
Rev. Edward McLaughlin suggested this nickname as it was a symbol of 'majesty, power, and freedom'
Adopted in 1922 when a disgruntled fan was describing the behavior of the student body at games
Presumably used due to the number of untamed horses in the area as well as its alliterative effect
Known as the Hurons until 1991 when pressure from Native American civil rights groups led them to select their new nickname
This mascot was chosen due to the team's tenacity, however un-original it may be
This nickname was selected after pressure from their namesake Native American tribe to change it from Redskins
A famed breed of cattle brought to the state in the 1800s
Named after the small white dog that would greet students outside the main student building
Named after a bird commonly seen on campus grounds, the National Audobon Society declared this campus an official sanctuary
Used to describe a substitute offensive guard who recovered a fumble for a touchdown in a game against rival Carnegie Inst. of Technology; no one on the field could catch him
An official school color, chosen due to the university's one-time affiliation with the Protestant church
Taken from a song written by the newspaper editor of the Tulane Hullabaloo
Derived from the name for a Union militia that fought a fierce border war with Missouri
Short for a name that is a pair of rubber overshoes and a brand name of the local BF Goodrich Company
Chosen to replace Beauregard T Rooster because of his strong resemblance to San Diego Chicken; their new nickname appeared in 1996
Named after the state reptile, this mascot was originally associated with the college's former name, AddRan Christian University
Believed to be a result of the press who claimed the team showed the qualities of 'grit, determination, and tenacity', much like these Europeans
Formerly known as the Cardinals, a rout of rival Northwestern in 1895 was compared to the storms that had plagued the area
Nickname OriginSchool/Nickname
Changed from the Southerners in the 1970s to this majestic bird by a student/alumni vote
Selected in 1934 after a contest by the school newspaper, Silver and Gold; the real mascot stampeded on the field in the same year
Adopted in 1926 to replace 'Silver Foxes', this school is symbolized by a golden bird emerging from a lightning bolt
Adopted after the AD printed balloons saying, 'Oklahoma Aggies - Ride 'Em ______'
Refers to the hill the school sits on which offers a great view of surrounding Bowling Green
This name stuck after fans cheered on the new addition to the football team: a player wearing a checkered shirt and western hat
Chosen by campus-wide election, beating the Queensmen and the Flying Dutchmen; this school defeated Princeton in the first ever intercollegiate football game
Nickname came from a football coach that had admired Princeton's mascot
Believed to be chosen by players hoping they would sweep away opponents like a powerful storm
In 1905, the Atlanta Constitution referred to fans by what they were known to wear to the games
Unknown - although theories include the trading of these pelts, a take on the voracious appetites of the French settlers, or a name for this state's people in a border dispute with
Named in honor of the American Indian tribe for which the state is also named
Selected as the official nickname in 1922 to replace the Sun Dodger, an abstract reference to local weather
This school was sending a message to their in-state rivals whose mascot resembled a 'northern looking wolf'
Chosen to give the school statewide identification, since this mascot is the state bird of Kentucky
In the 1970s, sports information director Bob Henderson described the football team as this, since over 90% of the team was from Louisiana
Named after the state's nickname, not the movie with Gene Hackman
Changed from the Indians in 2006 due to the NCAA restrictions against American-Indian themed mascots, this nickname beat out Bayou Gators and Bayou Hawks
Spanish for 'Wolves'; that's about it
The football team shortened the original name, Rainbow ____, in 2000 although not all sports at this university did
Originally known as the Aggies, then the Orangemen, and then this state animal
After reading an article on hunting with birds, an alumnus and booster thought this fierce fighter with speed and courage would make a great mascot
Taken from a line in a poem by Oliver Goldsmith, 'where crouching _____ wait their hapless prey'
Historically used to reflect this New Mexico university's agricultural background
Formerly the Indians, this mascot was chosen to represent their beating of Cal in 1919
A byproduct of when this school was a southern branch of the state institution that would later become their rival, the Bears
The 1st president of this school was a graduate of Yale; newspapers suggested it had a certain dignity and ferocity
Switched from a similar mascot, the Bisons, in 1931
The team earned this name for their tough, tenacious play; their mascot has the name Bully
Formerly the Sagebrushers, the school changed their mascot to the animals that were often seen in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains
Taken from their state nickname, a satirical take on legislators plans to provide railroad loans in 1858, and the color of their championship teams in the 1930s
Named after the Algonquin tribe for which the state is named; the name means 'they are men'
Presumably named after a beast found in the nearby Everglades
A patriotic band of New England fishermen led them to be known as the 'Webfooters' prior to their use of Donald Duck
Named after the symbol of the state in which they are located, where everything is golden
Named in honor of an early symbol of the school, a canvas portrayal of this bird
Known as the 'Cardinals' until 1909 when the coach declared his team played 'like a wild band of' these porcine beasts
Chosen the best fight song from a contest, this song eventually led to their nickname; both the mascot and the horse were donated by the university Polo Club in 1963
Originally known as the Matadors, this nickname was chosen after the football team wore their new red uniforms to beat their rival
Taken from the state nickname; a testament to the state's willingness to enlist in previous wars
Nickname OriginSchool/Nickname
Name for North Carolinians during the Civil War
Formerly known as the Aggies and Farmers, this school's nickname stuck after the coach called the team this
Named after a reptile which a football coach had numerous encounters with in his childhood; also the official state reptile
Originally known as the Methodists and Wesleyans, this team took on a name more befitting of their fighting spirit
Nominated by the student body in 1914, narrowly beating out Buffaloes, Antelopes, and Ferrets, oh my
Taken from a LA Times newspaper description of the team after they defeated Occidental College
Named after prospectors in the early 1800s that had to live like these animals
Named after their state's nickname which came from a hero in Last of the Mohicans
Created after cheering on a fullback, 'Teddy' Baehr, as the team beat the Kentucky Wildcats
After defeating an in-state rival, this team's 'devilish' play and fighting spirit were complemented in local papers; formerly known as the 'Baptists'
Although officially known as the Eagles, this team is more commonly known by a name for the team's defense in 1966, which included NFL great Joe Greene
Named after the local armed guard during the Civil War that were formed to hold off Union pillagers
Originally known as the Owls and the Bulldogs, and then this climate appropriate mascot, drawn by an artist for Disney after being pushed by the school newspaper
A Chicago sportswriter compared the team to this beast
Honors the noted shipping and railroad mogul for whom the school is named
Named after a local Native American tribe that still supports the university's use to this day; Chief Osceola and Renegade came later in 1977
Simplified from Golden Brahmans, which won the popular vote in 1962
Used by a sportswriter to replace the former name of 'Bugeaters'; aptly named for the state's agriculturally based economy
After a tie with their in-state rival in 1907, a sports editor spoke of them as a 'thin red line'
Coined by a former player replacing Teachers and Pedagogues; symbolized by a horse and lightning bolt for the region's walking horse industry and the school's aerospace program
After upsetting their in-state rival, students paraded through the streets carrying a sign that had a bird standing over a fallen tiger
A name for residents of the state; also a small, brown nut
Named after a cheer created in 1896; it has no official meaning but is represented by a turkey mascot
Evolution of a volunteer company organized in New Orleans during the Civil War
The school was found as the 'State School of Mines and Metallurgy'
The state bird as well as a school color of this Indiana school
Taken from the name of an old Zane Grey novel; officially symbolized as a buffalo
Named after the group of sailors, such as Blackbeard, that harbored ships on the nearby coast
A commissioned officer of the lowest rank in this branch of the military
Originally meant as a derision to this school's devotion to engineering and agriculture
A PE instructor and former Washington State football coach was fond of this mascot
An official school color; has nothing to do with the tree mascot that is a symbol of the city in which it is located
A nearby hill and the valley in which the school is located + a ferocious beast
Originated from the university's early days as a night school for young people of limited means
Named after the early state settlers who snuck in early to claim land
Formerly the Hilltoppers, this horse nickname was submitted by an alumnus who later became the football coach
This nickname was selected in 1925 by the student body because it was a 'sly, wily, and scrappy animal'
Formerly known as the Knights of Pegasus, it changed to this to increase merchandise sales
This canine mascot was chosen to replace the Evansmen in 1940
Student leaders chose this nickname over others such as the Balboans since it better represented their southwest heritage

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