With a nickname like the "Titans," you would expect Cal State Fullerton to have a fierce mascot that strikes fear into the hearts of opponents. Instead, the school's mascot is an elephant.
The mascot is a tribute to the "First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History."
"What began as a practical joke attracted elephants from universities around the nation and even Oxford from England. A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 people turned out on "Dumbo Downs" as the hastily graded field became known that spring afternoon in 1962.
To publicize the event, a circus-like elephant called Tuffy the Titan was used and it began appearing on sweaters and notebook covers around the campus. With no other mascot, the elephant was unofficially adopted.
Several revisions of the caricature have been made to create a more tenacious Tuffy, or Titus as he also was called in an attempt to make him Greek. The costume that brings the mascot to life also has changed. Tuffy even attracted a female Tiffy in 1992."
The mascot just doesn't fit, but to Titans of Cal State Fullerton, Tuffy reps them with pride.