Portland State University
The green and white Vikings of the Big Sky Conference may not be a household name when it comes to college football, but they have left an indelible mark on the sport: this is where the explosive “Run & Shoot” offense was first implemented at the college level, thanks to coach Darryl “Mouse” Davis and his quarterback, June Jones.
Nickname:
Vikings
Top Rivals:
Eastern Washington University
Style Facts:
A teacher at Portland State asked graphic design student Carolyn Davidson to give him some logo designs for his company, Blue Ribbon Sports, Inc. He “settled” on one of her designs, saying, “I don’t love it, but it’ll grow on me.” That design? A simple “swoosh.” The teacher? Phil Knight, founder of Nike. For her troubles, Carolyn was paid the handsome sum of $35. (Don’t feel bad for her — when Nike went public, Phil Knight gave her some Nike stock.)