Big East Background Checks: The Origin of Every Team's Nickname and Mascot

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Big East Background Checks: The Origin of Every Team's Nickname and Mascot
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Orange? Friars? Hoyas?

The average fan has no idea where these nicknames came from, or even what they could possibly mean.

The Big East Conference is home to 16 NCAA basketball teams, and a majority of their nicknames and mascots are quite odd.

However, each team has a reasonable explanation behind their name and why they chose to represent their team with the mascot they selected.

 Note: If you are interested in NCAA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA nicknames, check out my profile for other articles.

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