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Old 01-20-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Why are so many schools' mascot the wildcats?

I know of at least 9 d1 colleges, countless high schools middle schools aau teams travel baseball etc with this masco
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:04 AM   #2
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: Why are so many schools' mascot the wildcats?

My high school was the Wildcats. My College was the Wildcats. And the HS Basketball team I coach now are the Wildcats.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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Must be a California thing. In Texas most schools are the eagles, bulldogs, or tigers. 140 high schools in Texas use 'eagles'


Also I've always found it funny that there are 3 teams in the SEC that have a tiger as the mascot.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: Why are so many schools' mascot the wildcats?

I think it's one of those safe names; it has no real affiliation to any group of people (Redskins, Trojans) while still maintaining a sense of aggressiveness and intimidation. According to an unsubstantiated list though (http://highschoolnicknames.homestead.com/common.html), Wildcats is around fifth in terms of high school popularity, behind Eagles, Tigers, Panthers, and Bulldogs. I can vie for Panthers, as three schools in a neighboring conference of mine all held that moniker.

I tend to prefer the less common names. Michigan has some good ones, like the Jungaleers, Technicians, and Flying G's. Even my brother's is kind of unique (Dreadnaughts).
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