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College athletics with no nickname/mascot


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I apologize if this topic had been discussed when the University of North Dakota initially dropped the nickname but I was just wondering what other schools there were that didn't use a nickname and mascot. I had heard suggestions from fan for UND of just going without a nickname.

Just wondering if any of you know of other schools because this seems like it would be very unique for a DI school to not have a nickname for their athletic teams. All I could find was Hollins University.

Yes I am an NDSU alum. and no I am not trolling.

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Newberry College in Newberry, SC had no nickname from 2008-2010, after they were forced to retire "Indians" and before they decided on "Wolves."

The same article mentions Hollins University (as you noted) and also McMurry University, who from 2006-2011 had no nickname. Similarly, the old nickname was "Indians" and the new one "Warhawks."

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/2009-03-01-Newberry_N.htm?csp=34

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I was a student-athlete at Newberry College during this time period, and that's only partially correct. we got an extension waiver from the NCAA that granted us permission to basically continue unchanged from 05-08, then we actually began the appeal process, which allowed us more time to remain the Indians while actively seeking solutions, which included options like NEWBERRY (cherokee) INDIANS, etc. We then settled on Red Wolves, but Arkansas State (who were the last of several teams to adopt the Red Wolves mascot) got the nickname trademarked or copyrighted or whatever, so we settled on just Wolves. We did use just our own "block N" logo, which really perpetuated that idea that we had no identity, and it took about a year and a half after adopting the WOLVES nickname to actually have any new logos associated with the moniker, but we were, in at least SOME capacity, always either the Indians or the Wolves, with perhaps a small gap in 2010 when we had officially made the decision to quit pursuing the Indian nickname and not yet decided on wolves (or maybe the unofficial time we were the Red Wolves?), but anyway, not really trying to correct anyone, just shed some first hand accounts of how it happened. thanks for bringing up our small college!

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Hasn't Bradley all but abandoned "Braves"? I thought someone from the AD said they were going to just go by Bradley two or three years ago.

Still Braves officially, but we treat things akin to Illinois. All of the commercials/advertisements for sports talk about us being "All About the B" which makes the juvenile inside me giggle uncontrollably.

On the topic of mascots, Bradley is adopting a Gargoyle mascot (Gargoyles are a large part of campus imagery) and will be selecting a mascot name soon. I'm hoping Tobias is chosen to align with campus lore/in honor of Lydia Moss Bradley's husband (whose death subsequently pushed Lydia to found Bradley).

...I'm also hoping Tobias is chosen because that was the name I submitted to the naming contest :lol:

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Hasn't Bradley all but abandoned "Braves"? I thought someone from the AD said they were going to just go by Bradley two or three years ago.

Nope. They just abandoned any hint of Native American references over the last few decades. 86ing the name would generate an alumni revolt, so they've settled on periodic attempts to spin "Braves" as referencing something besides Native Americans.

EDIT-and the gargoyle should be named Kirk Wessler.

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