Big 10 Background Checks: The Origins of Every Team's Nickname and Mascot

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Big 10 Background Checks: The Origins of Every Team's Nickname and Mascot
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Hoosiers? Cornhuskers? Boilermakers? Like every major NCAA conference, the Big Ten has its fair share of odd nicknames and comical mascots.

Despite its name, the conference now has twelve members since Penn State joined in 1990 and the University of Nebraska's membership will become effective in July of 2011.

Each team has a rich history that reveals the reasoning behind their traditions, and for the curious college fans, I have done a background check on the 12 schools in the Big Ten.

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

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