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The 15 Ugliest College Logos

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2012

The 15 Ugliest College Logos

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    There are ugly college logos throughout the vast landscape of collegiate sports, but only a select few can be considered the ugliest. 

    Some colleges and their teams can get away with horrendous logos for the sake of history or being a top program in a sport.

    However, other colleges simply have no excuse for taking the field with a logo that looks like it was created with crayons by a child in kindergarten.  

    What these schools were thinking during the logo selection process is difficult to decipher. Nonsensical logos don't do anything positive for the school, and non-intimidating logos are the joke of most athletic events. It is hard to have a mental edge in an athletic event when the other team is laughing at a logo and not taking the opposition seriously. 

    Here are the 15 ugliest college logos today: 

15. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Western Kentucky's logo is a towel. That is not exactly the most intimidating logo in the world.

    "Hilltoppers" are students at WKU who travel up a hill each day to attend classes, so when push comes to shove, it appears that a towel is better for a logo than a hill.

    It seems like a lose-lose situation for Western Kentucky. 

14. Jacksonville Dolphins

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    The Jacksonville Dolphins' logo doesn't have a lot going for it. The dolphin appears to be hand-drawn and the letters are outlined in excessive bold.

    Seeing this logo on the side of a football helmet will likely result in laughter and not much of anything else.

13. Princeton Tigers

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    Of all the options available to the Princeton Tigers, they elected to utilize a gigantic "P" with a generic tiger pattern inside of it. 

    Instead of creating a logo with an actual tiger on it, we simply get a letter. Princeton has a lot of things going for it, but creativity doesn't seem to top the list.

12. Portland Pilots

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    Yet another logo that only utilizes a gigantic "P," but hey, we get a really creative white space dissecting the letter. 

    We weren't expecting much from the Portland Pilots to begin with, but a little creativity would have been nice. This just seems to be the easy way out.

11. Prairie View A&M Panthers

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    When we think of a prairie view, we see a multitude of nice images that don't include a panther that looks ready to eat your face, but that is what the Prairie View A&M Panthers have given us to work with.

    The panther on its own is awesome, but it is a little out of place. A redo may be in order here.

10. Central Michigan Chippewas

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    For those that don't know, a Chippewa is an indigenous North American Plains Indian people. Instead of attempting to represent that is some way, Central Michigan gives us a massive, underlined and horrendously colored "C."

    But look how fast it is!

9. Austin Peay Governors

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    At first glance one would think they are looking at the Associated Press' logo, but no, this right here is the Austin Peay Governors' logo.

    Apparently, there were no ways to come up with a logo featuring a governor, which makes sense because they are mostly older, non-intimidating men, unless his first name is Arnold, of course. 

8. Wichita State Shockers

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    Yes, that is the Wichita State Shockers' logo. Yes, that is a wheat plant.

    We're not exactly seeing the correlation here, but the Shockers aren't scaring anyone with their wheat plants.

    They did manage to avoid the generic, blocky letter trend though, so props for that. 

7. Youngstown State Penguins

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    Last time we checked, there are not a lot of penguins in Youngstown.  

    We get it, the penguin is supposed to look angry and intimidate opponents. It was a valiant effort. That might have been effective had the penguin not been wearing a scarf and hat. 

    It is time for Youngstown to go back to the drawing board. It was a good effort that fell short thanks to one terrible decision.

6. Rider Broncos

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    Oh boy. That is a bronco wearing a sweater. Also, he appears to have dipped his hands in red paint. 

    Rider was attempting to be creative with the logo, which is something that is admirable. There is something just nothing all that impressive about an animal standing on two legs in a big, bright sweater. 

5. Memphis Tigers

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    Congratulations to Memphis for taking a great logo idea and ruining it with poor color selection. Tigers are most certainly not blue, and that ruins the entire logo. 

    You don't see many logos changing the actual color of an animal to match the school's color scheme, but Memphis thought it was worth a try. 

    Swing and a miss.

4. St. Louis Billikens

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    At first glance, a Billiken is something most would think isn't real. 

    Apparently, it is.

    Essentially, it is a doll, first created in the early 1900's for good luck

    Or we could go with the Merriam-Webster definition: " squat smiling comic figure used as a mascot."

    Way to go, St. Louis. 

3. Culver Stockton Wildcats

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    The Culver Stockton Wildcats' logo has an impressive picture of a wildcat. It would be more impressive if there were not three random lines dissecting it.

    It is hard to tell what the school was attempting to accomplish with the lines, but it makes for one ugly mess. 

2. Washington State Cougars

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    What a jumbled mess the Washington States Cougars' logo happens to be. The two letters (or is it three?) are supposed to also form a wildcat. 

    Instead, what it forms is an incoherent cluster of blobs sharing the same color. And it has whiskers. 

1. Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos

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    Where to start? Apparently there are kangaroos in Missouri and Kansas. Sweater-wearing kangaroos.

    Look, the first mistake was to pick a name like "kangaroos." The second was to actually follow through with it. 

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