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

Amy DaughtersFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2011

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

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Mascot Mike the Tiger of the Louisiana State Univeristy Tigers marches on the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris
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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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    PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  The Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot performs during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  The Marquette Golden Eagles mascot walks on the court during the game against the Louisville Cardinals during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters  at Madison S
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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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    1 Jan 1991:  Temple Owls mascot looks on during a game against the George Washington University Colonials played at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport
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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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    MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:   Thundar, the mascot of the North Dakota State Bison, performs against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapo
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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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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 17:  The Utah State Aggies mascot performs during their game against the Kansas State Wildcats the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Pet
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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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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  The Virginia Commonwealth Rams mascot and cheerleaders perform during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Florida State Seminoles at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, T
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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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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Sparty, the mascot for the Michigan State Spartans performs against the UCLA Bruins during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meri
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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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    WASHINGTON - MARCH 19:  The Connecticut Huskies mascot performs during their game against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Car
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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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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26: University of Houston mascot 'Sasha' does pushups after the Houston Cougars scored against  the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Robertson Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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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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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  The mascot of the Penn State Nittany Lions points to the field during play against the Florida Gators January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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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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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04:  The Pittsburg mascot is pictured covered in snow during the Big East Conference game between the the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy
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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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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  The mascot of the Baylor Bears performs on the court during a timeout in the game between the Bears and the Texas Longhorns during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Cent
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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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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  The Wildcat, mascot for the Kentucky Wildcats, performs during the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Gett
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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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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Baldwin the Eagle, mascot of the Boston College Eagles, performs during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Gre
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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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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  The Clemson Tigers mascot performs during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2011 in Greensboro, North Caro
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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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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  The Butler Bulldogs mascot performs during their game against the Florida Gators the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Pho
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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)