The List: Best Division I-AA nicknames

by Berry Tramel Published: August 28, 2008
OU opens its football season Saturday against Chattanooga, a school with one of the worst nicknames in collegiate sports: Mocs. Chattanooga was known as the Moccasins until 1996, when the official name was shortened to the Mocs, which has no discernible meaning. But don't think every unusual Division I-AA nickname is a bummer. The 10 best:

10. Albany Great Danes: Who needs Bulldogs?

9. San Diego Toreros: Bullfighters.

8. Indiana State Sycamores: Who cares if it's a tree?

7. Mississippi Valley Delta Devils: Wonder if a mosquito is a delta devil?

6. Youngstown State Penguins: Who knew it was that cold in Stoopsville?

5. Richmond Spiders: I wish the OKC NBA team was named Spiders.

4. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: What's a chanticleer? A roosters in fables.

3. Western Illinois Leathernecks: Always good to have the U.S. Marines on your side.

2. Campbell Fighting Camels: Nothing like a desert image in Buies Creek, N.C.

1. Western Carolina Catamounts: Shares this name for wild cats with Vermont.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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