College Football: The 18 Most Frequently Used Mascot Names in NCAA

Amy DaughtersFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2011

College Football: The 18 Most Frequently Used Mascot Names in NCAA

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    USA Today ran a story this week regarding a battle brewing between NC State and Loyola over the use of the nickname “Wolfpack”.

    Apparently, NC State is not opposed to Loyola using the nickname in theory. Instead, NC State would like to prevent Loyola from using the nickname as a "stand alone," therefore requiring them to only use it combined with their institutional name.

    If this isn't acceptable, NC State would allow Loyola to “license the nickname for a fee.”

    The report also details a similar incident that occurred between NC State and Nevada in 2008 which resulted in Nevada using the two-word nickname “Wolf Pack” as opposed to the one-word “Wolfpack.”

    Many universities share nicknames or mascots more amiably but what are the most popular of these shared spirit representatives?

    The following slideshow presents the 18 most frequently used mascot/nicknames for institutions classified as Division One for sports competition. 

    We begin with nicknames that are used by at least four schools and work our way all the way up to the most commonly used mascot name in NCAA Division One athletics.

    An interesting note and/or hint: all four members of the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball Final Four are represented in this slideshow.

Knights

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Knights” is tied at four with “Owls,” “Bison,” “Aggies,” “Rams,” “Golden Eagles” and “Bobcats.”

    Division One "Knights":

    Army Black Knights (Patriot League) located at West Point, New York

    Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (Northeast) located in Hackensack, New Jersey

    Rutgers Scarlett Knights (Big East) located in New Brunswick, New Jersey

    University of Central Florida Knights (Conference USA)

Golden Eagles

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Golden Eagles” is tied at four with “Owls,” “Bison,” “Aggies,” “Rams,” “Knights” and “Bobcats.”

    Division One "Golden Eagles": 

    Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East) located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (Summit League) located in Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (Conference USA)

    Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (Ohio Valley)

Owls

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Owls” is tied at four with “Golden Eagles,” “Bison,” “Aggies,” “Knights,”“Rams” and “Bobcats.”

    Division One "Owls":

    Florida Atlantic Owls (Sun Belt)

    Kennesaw State Owls (Atlantic Sun) located in Kennesaw, Georgia

    Rice Owls (Conference USA) located in Houston, Texas

    Temple Owls (Atlantic 10) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bison

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Bison” is tied at four with “Owls,” “Golden Eagles,” “Aggies,” “Knights,” “Rams” and “Bobcats.”

    Division One "Bison":

    Bucknell Bison (Patriot League) located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

    Howard Bison (Mid-Eastern Athletic) located in Washington, DC

    Lipscomb Bison (Atlantic Sun) located in Nashville, Tennessee

    North Dakota State Bison (Summit League)

Aggies

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Aggies” is tied at four with “Owls,” “Bison,” “Golden Eagles,”  “Knights,” “Rams” and “Bobcats.”

    Division One "Aggies": 

    New Mexico State Aggies (WAC)

    North Carolina AT&T Aggies (Mid-Eastern Athletic)

    Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12)

    UC Davis Aggies (Big West)

Bobcats

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Bobcats” is tied at four with “Owls,” “Bison,” “Aggies,”  “Knights,” “Rams” and “Golden Eagles.”

    Division One "Bobcats": 

    Montana State Bobcats (Big Sky)

    Ohio Bobcats (MAC)

    Quinnipiac Bobcats (Northeast) located in Hamden, Connecticut

    Texas State Bobcats (Southland)

Rams

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Four

    “Rams” is tied at four with “Owls,” “Bison,” “Aggies,”  “Knights,” “Bobcats” and “Golden Eagles.”

    Division One "Rams": 

    Colorado State Rams (MWC)

    Fordham Rams (Atlantic 10) located in Bronx, New York, Vince Lombardi football for the Fordham Rams.

    Rhode Island Rams (Atlantic 10)

    Virginia Commonwealth Rams (Colonial Athletic Association) you may have heard of VCU, they’re in the 2011 Final Four!

Spartans

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Five

    “Spartans” is tied at five with “Hawks,” “Huskies,” “Lions” and “Cougars.”  

    Division One "Spartans": 

    Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)

    Norfolk State Spartans (Mid-East Athletic) located in Norfolk, Virginia

    San Jose State Spartans (WAC)

    South Carolina Upstate Spartans (Atlantic Sun) reclassification to Division One effective 2011-12

    University of North Carolina Greensboro Spartans (Southern)

Huskies

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Five

    “Huskies” is tied at five with “Hawks,” “Spartans,” “Lions” and “Cougars.”  

    Division One "Huskies": 

    Connecticut Huskies (Big East)

    Houston Baptist Huskies (Great West) reclassification to Division One effective 2011-12

    Northern Illinois Huskies (MAC)

    Northeastern Huskies (Colonial Athletic Association) located in Boston, Massachusetts

    Washington Huskies (Pac-12)

Cougars

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Five

    “Cougars” is tied at five with “Hawks,” “Spartans,” “Lions” and “Huskies.”  

    Division One "Cougars":

    BYU Cougars (Independent in football)

    Chicago State Cougars (Great West)

    College of Charleston Cougars (Southern)

    Houston Cougars (Conference USA)

    Washington State Cougars (Pac-12)

Hawks

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Five

    “Hawks” is tied at five with “Spartans,” “Huskies,” “Lions” and “Cougars.”  

    Division One "Hawks":

    Hartford Hawks (America East) located in West Hartford, Connecticut

    Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Patriot League) located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    Monmouth Hawks (Northeast) located in West Long Branch, New Jersey

    Saint Joseph’s Hawks (Atlantic 10) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (Mid-Eastern Atlantic)

Lions

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Five

    “Lions” is tied at five with “Spartans,” “Huskies,” “Hawks” and “Cougars.”  

    Division One "Lions":

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (Southwestern Athletic)

    Columbia Lions (Ivy League) located in New York City

    Loyola Marymount Lions (West Coast) located in Los Angeles, California

    Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten)

    Southeastern Louisiana Lions (Southland)

Panthers

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Eight

    Division One "Panthers": 

    Eastern Illinois Panthers (Ohio Valley)

    Florida International Golden Panthers (Sun Belt)

    Georgia State Panthers (Colonial Athletic Association)

    High Point Panthers (Big South) located in High Point, North Carolina

    Milwaukee Panthers (Horizon League)

     Northern Iowa Panthers (Missouri Valley)

    Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East)

    Prairie View A&M Panthers (Southwestern Athletic) located in Prairie View, Texas

Bears

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Nine

    “Bears” is tied with “Wildcats” at nine.

    Division One "Bears": 

    Baylor Bears (Big 12) located in Waco, Texas

    Brown Bears (Ivy League) located in Providence, Rhode Island

    Central Arkansas Bears (Southland)

    California Golden Bears (Pac-12)

    Maine Black Bears (America East)

    Mercer Bears (Atlantic Sun) located in Macon, Georgia

    Missouri State Bears (Missouri Valley)

    Morgan State Bears (Mid-Eastern Atlantic) located in Baltimore, Maryland

    Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky)

Wildcats

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: Nine

    “Wildcats” is tied with “Bears” at nine.

    Division One "Wildcats": 

    Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12)

    Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Atlantic) located Daytona Beach, Florida

    Davidson Wildcats (Southern) located in Davidson, North Carolina

    Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12)

    Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)

    Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten)

    New Hampshire Wildcats (America East)

    Villanova Wildcats (Big East) located in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania

    Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky) located in Ogden, Utah

Eagles

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: 11

    Division One "Eagles":

    American Eagles (Patriot League) located in Washington, DC

    Boston College Eagles (ACC)

    Coppin State Eagles (Mid-Eastern Athletic) located in Baltimore, Maryland

    Eastern Michigan Eagles (MAC)

    Eastern Washington Eagles (Big Sky)

    Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (Atlantic Sun) reclassification to Division One effective 2011-12

    Georgia Southern Eagles (Southern)

    Morehead Eagles State Eagles (Ohio Valley) located in Morehead, Kentucky

    Niagara Purple Eagles (Metro Atlantic Athletic) located in Lewiston, New York

    North Carolina Central Eagles (Mid Eastern Athletic) reclassification to Division One effective 2011-12

    Winthrop Eagles (Big South) located in Rock Hill, South Carolina

Tigers

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: 13

    Division One "Tigers":

    Auburn Tigers (SEC)

    Clemson Tigers (ACC)

    Grambling State Tigers (Southwestern Atlantic) located in Grambling, Louisiana

    Jackson State Tigers (Southwestern Athletic) located in Jackson, Mississippi

    Louisiana State Tigers (SEC)

    Memphis Tigers (Conference USA)

    Missouri Tigers (Big 12)

    Pacific Tigers (Big West) located in Stockton, California

    Princeton Tigers (Ivy League) located in Princeton, New Jersey

    Savannah State Tigers (Mid-Eastern Atlantic) located in Savannah, Georgia

    Tennessee State Tigers (Ohio Valley)

    Texas Southern Tigers (Southwestern Athletic)

    Towson Tigers (Colonial Athletic Association)

Bulldogs

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    Number of Division One Programs Using Nickname: 14

    “Bulldogs” is the most frequently used nickname/mascot in NCAA Division One athletics.

    Division One "Bulldogs": 

    Alabama A&M Bulldogs (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

    Butler Bulldogs (Horizon League) located in Indianapolis, Indiana; Butler is another member of the 2011 Final Four.

    The Citadel Bulldogs (Southern) located in Charleston, South Carolina

    Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley) located in Des Moines, Iowa

    Fresno State Bulldogs (MWC)

    Garner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (Big South) located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina

    Georgia Bulldogs (SEC)

    Gonzaga Bulldogs (West Coast) located in Spokane, Washington

    Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (WAC)

    Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC)

    Samford Bulldogs (Southern Conference)

    South Carolina State Bulldogs (Mid-Eastern Athletic)

    University of North Carolina Asheville Bulldogs (Big South)

    Yale Bulldogs (Ivy League)