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Can you name the statements which are true for each college or university nickname (choose 'A' or 'B')?

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The Manhattan Jaspers are named after:
A) a valauble gemstone
B) Brother Jasper of Mary, F.S.C.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers' previous nickname is:
A) Bugeaters
B) they have always been Cornhuskers
The Wichita State Shockers are named after:
A) wheatshockers
B) the electrical power company in Wichita
The Purdue Boilermakes are named after:
A) a 'working man's drink'
B) hands-on engineering education
The Virginia Tech Hokies are named after:
A) a cheer
B) wild turkeys
The Evergreen State Geoducks are named after:
A) a saltwater clam
B) a northwestern breed of waterfowl
The Wake Forst Demon Deacons' previous nickname is:
A) Christian Soldiers
B) Fighting Baptists
The Southern Illinois Salukis are named after:
A) ancient Russian warriors
B) a type of dog
The St. Louis Billikens are named after:
A) former coach William Billik
B) good-luck gremlins
The Ohio State Buckeyes are named after:
A) seeds of Aesculus glabra
B) pioneers who wore buckskins
The Stanford Cardinal are named after:
A) a prominent religious leader in school history
B) a team color
The Furman Paladins are named after:
A) powerful magicians
B) knights as heroic champions
The Evansville Purple Aces are named after:
A) a reference to cards up someone's sleeve
B) fighter pilots
The Coe College Kohawks are named after:
A) a native American people
B) the words 'like' and 'a hawk' (in the Hawkeye State)
The Anteater of UC Irvine was inspired by:
A) a Johnny Hart comic strip character
B) research in South America
The Oklahoma Sooners are named after:
A) hound dogs
B) late 19th century settlers
The Hofstra Pride are named after:
A) a group of lions
B) pride in athletic acheivement
The Indiana U. Southeast Grenadiers are named after:
A) an elite British regiment
B) a deep-sea fish
The Loyola (Chicago) Ramblers are named after:
A) the football team's extensive travel schedule
B) the basketball team's rambling style of play
The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs gained their name:
A) after locals wished to honor a gastropod expert alumnus
B) after a student protest reached the Letterman show
Washburn University Ichabods are named for:
A) Ichabod Crane of headless horseman fame
B) benefactor Ichabod Washburn
The Presbyterian College Blue Hose are named after:
A) a reference to puritanical leanings
B) the blue color of first place ribbons
The Tufts Jumbos are named after:
A) a dead circus elephant
B) athletes of great size and strength
The Murray State Racers are named after:
A) thoroughbred horses
B) black racer snakes
The Western Illinois Leathernecks are named after:
A) local farmers' necks exposed to the sun
B) the athletic director's status as a Marine hero
The North Texas State Mean Green are named after:
A) players being called candy-stealers, puppy-kickers, etc.
B) the ferocity of green goblins
The Webster University Gorlocks are named after:
A) a dangerous space alien
B) a creature named after Gore and Lockwood avenues
The Georgetown Hoyas are named after:
A) a native American term for 'victory'
B) a cheer based on Greek/Latin words for 'What Rocks!'
The Virginia Military Institute Keydets are named after:
A) a southern drawl pronunciation of the word 'cadet'
B) student athletes as the key to the future
The North Carolina Tar Heels are named after:
A) pitch from pine trees produced for the English navy
B) the 'stickiness' of the heel firmly standing their ground
The San Diego Toreros are named after:
A) Brother Torero of the Franciscans who settled San Diego
B) a Spanish word for bullfighters
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are named after:
A) a rooster in medieval fables
B) Gallic warriors
The Stetson Hatters are named after:
A) John B. Stetson, benefactor and hat manufacturer
B) a DC comics villain
The Alabama Crimson Tide are named after:
A) red tide conditions in the gulf
B) a game against Auburn played in a red 'sea of mud'
The Cornell Big Red named after:
A) a song which referred to them as 'the big, red team'
B) native American warriors
The Youngstown State Penguins are named after:
A) games played in cold weather
B) black and white uniforms

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