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The Inaugural Season

Riverhawks Mascot

Sept. 3
Northeastern State University

Location: Tahle-quah, Okla.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 9,600.
Nickname: RiverHawks.
Mascot: Rowdy the RiverHawk.
Colors: Green and white. Founded: 1909.
Famous alum: UTSA football Coach Larry Coker.
Cool tradition: Players touch the goal posts at the beginning and end of every game.

McMurry Mascot

McMurry University

Location: Abilene, Texas.
Status: Private, religious affiliation, Methodist.
Enrollment: 1,500.
Nickname: War Hawks. (Until 2005, McMurry’s athletics teams were known as the Indians.)
Colors: Maroon and white.
Founded: 1923.
Cool tradition: Fans chant “Ala Cumba” (“On to Victory”) at football games. The origin of the phrase is unclear; some say it comes from an American Indian language.

Southern Utah Mascot

Sept. 17
@ Southern Utah University

Location: Cedar City, Utah.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 8,000.
Nickname: Thunderbirds.
Colors: Red, white and black.
Founded: 1897.
Cool tradition: To become a true Thunderbird, students must kiss their sweethearts near the Old Sorrel statue at midnight on the night of a full moon or the night before the homecoming football game.

Bacone Mascot

homecoming game

Sept. 24
Bacone College

Location: Muskogee, Okla.
Status: Private, religious affiliation, American Baptist Churches USA.
Enrollment: 1,200.
Nickname: Warriors.
Colors: Red, black and white.
Founded: 1880.

Sam Houston Mascot

Oct. 1
@ Sam Houston State University

Location: Huntsville, Texas.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 17,000.
Nickname: Bearkats. The nickname, spelled with a K, comes from a popular saying in the 1920s–“tough as a bearkat.” The animal in question is more myth than real.
Mascot: Sammy Bearkat.
Colors: Orange and white.
Founded: 1879.

South Alabama Mascot

Oct. 8
University of South Alabama

Location: Mobile, Ala.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 15,700.

Nickname: Jaguars.
Mascot: South Paw.
Colors: Red, white and blue.
Founded: 1963.
First year played football: 2009.
Cool tradition: Jag Prowl, lead by the USA marching band and cheerleaders, is the procession of the Jaguars football team prior to home games. Players walk through the student tailgating section and enter the stadium’s main gates to their locker room.

UC Davis Mascot

Oct. 15
@ University of California, Davis

Location: Davis, Calif.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 32,000.
Nickname: Aggies.
Colors: Yale blue and gold.
Founded: 1908.
Cool major: Viticulture and Enology (the sciences of cultivating grapes and winemaking).
Cool tradition: The school’s marching band, called Aggie Banduh!, rings the hallowed Tavernetti Bell once for every point scored after home victories.

Georgia State Mascot

Oct. 29
Georgia State University

Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 31,000.
Nickname: Panthers.
Colors: Blue and white.
Founded: 1913.
First year played college football: 2010.
Cool (and very new) tradition: The school’s new fight song, Fight, Panthers, is played by the new marching band after every score.

McNeese Mascot

Nov. 12
@ McNeese State University

Location: Lake Charles, La.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 9,000.
Nickname: Cowboys.
Colors: Blue and gold.
Founded: 1939.
Cool tradition: Jolie Blon, sometimes called the Cajun national anthem, is the school’s unofficial fight song. It’s played before each game and after every touchdown as Cowboys fans sway and clap.

Minot Mascot

Nov. 19
Minot State University

Location: Minot, N.D.
Status: Public.
Enrollment: 3,850.
Nickname: Beavers.
Colors: Red, white and green.
Founded: 1913.


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