Our Top 5 Coolest College Mascots

No matter if their college is big or small, students from all over seem to love their school mascot. So the sports fans at Your College Kid thought it would be fun to make a list of some of the more unique college mascots we found. San Diego Chicken, eat your heart out!

Delta State University: The Fighting Okra
In the mid-1990s, the students at this Mississippi college voted to make “The Fighting Okra” its unofficial mascot. The little green guy has become so popular, it has even appeared on the Food Network.

Ohio Wesleyan University: The Battling Bishops
The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has produced many of its bishops. The mascot was introduced in 1925—and that year their football team went 7-1-1. Now that’s some divine inspiration!

UC Santa Cruz: Sammy the Slug
You wouldn’t think that a bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk found on the redwood forest floor would make a very good mascot, but the students at UCSC love it! And so does everyone else in the sports world: In 2008, ESPN named Sammy one of the top ten college mascots.

Stanford University: The Stanford Tree
Yep, it’s a tree—a big, smiling tree. The school’s official team name is the “Stanford Cardinal,” referring to the vibrant red color (not the bird). When no one could come up with a mascot, the marching band came up with the tree. It’s been a fan favorite ever since.

Texas Christian University: Horned Frogs
Super Frog, as he’s affectionately known in TCU land, is one awesome amphibian. It has been the school’s mascot for over 100 years, and even though it’s technically a lizard, this frog jumps out as one of the coolest mascots.

Runner-ups: The Southern Illinois Salukis, the Concordia College (Minnesota) Cobbers and the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes were all honorable mentions on our list of cool and crazy mascots.

What do YOU think?:
Agree with the list? Disagree? What’s your favorite college mascot?

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5 thoughts on “Our Top 5 Coolest College Mascots

  1. I am a student at DSU. At the games it’s always fun because we have the Statesmen (the official mascot) and the Okra (the unofficially mascot) there and they conduct the band, throw footballs around, make fun of the players mistakes, you know the typical things mascots do. It just seems funnier because it’s a giant okra with boxing gloves on doing it. And you can’t hate that much we were runners up in the National Championship game last year. 2nd place isn’t bad for the meanest vegetable in the world.
    On a different note, I’m really surprised that I don’t see the University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevels, Southern Arkansas University Mule Riders, or the Arkansas Tech University Wonder Boys on this list, even under honorable mention.

  2. I also go to Delta State! I love our okra! I mean it’s “America’s most violent vegetable” and it’s definitely not a mascot that you will find any where else!

  3. Great post! Love hearing about the best mascots. Some people hate them, but I always enjoy what they bring to the game. Pretty athletic what they do out there too! I found a fun ranking of all the mascots of the NBA and decided to search for more on them. That’s how I found yours.

    Thanks for the post! Loved it. Here’s the ranking I stumbled upon if you’re interested: http://www.tchuddle.com/2011/03/happy-birthday-crunch/

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