University of Arkansas
College athletics has more than its fair share of lions, tigers, and bears. But there’s only one Razorback. As the only school with a porcine mascot, Arkansas’ proud athletic tradition includes a bevy of national championships and a fighting spirit befitting of its unique namesake. The Arkansas football team earned the nickname from coach Hugo Bezdek after a big win in 1909, when he said the team played like a “wild band of razorback hogs.” The nickname stuck and became the beloved, official mascot of the University of Arkansas. And today, devoted fans have made “The Hog Call” one of the most unique cheers in all of sports. “Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie! Razorbacks!”
Nickname:
Razorbacks
Top Rivals:
Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University
Style Facts:
The University of Arkansas football team was initially nicknamed the Cardinals to match the deep shade of red in the school’s colors. Much like that shade of “cardinal red,” the adoption of the Razorback mascot was also voted on by the student body.