University of Pittsburgh
Pitt was the first college or university to adopt the panther as its mascot. So proud is Pitt of their Panther that the campus is currently adorned with several different representations of panthers. The most prominent is the statue at the student union. On game day or before big tests, it’s tradition to rub the nose of the Panther for luck.
Nickname:
Panthers
Top Rivals:
Syracuse University, Penn State University
Style Facts:
In the 1970s, Pitt played a role in helping the city of Pittsburgh achieve the nickname “City of Champions” when the Pitt Panthers and the professional teams, the Steelers and the Pirates, won multiple championships in the decade. But unlike Pittsburgh’s professional teams that are known across football, hockey and baseball for wearing black and gold, the Pitt Panther’s official colors are Navy Blue and Gold.