More Mascot Musings

Ivan Maisel of ESPN makes an interesting point when he quips:

"A reader e-mailed me this, and it's true: the word Oklahoma comes from two Choctaw words meaning "red people." I guess this means that the NCAA will ban the university name from all postseason play. 'Welcome to the championship game between the Florida State -------- and the ------ Sooners!'"

I myself have asked if Penn State will have to abandon the name "Nittany" - yes, the Lions are named after Mt. Nittany, BUT the word "Nittany" seems to have been derived from a Native American term meaning "single mountain". (the legends about indian maidens/princesses are, reportedly, all ficticious)

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