The 15 Dumbest Mascots In The 2014 NCAA Tournament

The 15 Dumbest Mascots in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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With March Madness just around the corner, many fairweather fans are starting to get into college basketball. With that, some are discovering the crazy names that some universities have chosen as their mascots. The 2014 NCAA tournament is chock full of "interesting" school mascots. Here are the 15 dumbest names and mascots of the tourney.

15. Ohio State Buckeyes

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15. Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes Brutus
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Everyone knows about Brutus, whatever he is. A buckeye itself is a tree. For one of the most popular schools in America, why would you pick a tree as your mascot? They didn't have a mascot up until 1965. Maybe they were better off that way.

14. Stanford Cardinal

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14. Stanford Cardinal

Stanford Cardinals Mascot
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A cardinal is a fine choice for a mascot. It isn't when you pick it as a color, not the bird. The real reason for Stanford's inclusion on this list is the tree. The story of how Stanford became portrayed with a tree is very interesting one, which I suggest you look up. For now, it is a dumb mascot.

13. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Caguns

Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Caguns
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13. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Caguns

Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Caguns
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This mascot at least makes sense for the region since the school was given the name "Ragin' Cajuns" because of its location in Acadiana, the region in Louisiana that is home to a large Cajun population. However, it's kind of like putting "fighting" in front of any dumb mascot. "Ragin'" just isn't doing it for me.

12. Tennessee Volunteers

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12. Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee Volunteers
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The problem isn't the mascot itself. I like the dog. Volunteers in general is a weird choice for a nationally-recognized university. Tennessee has a long history, especially in women's basketball. They seem to ignore their mascot more often than any other school. Are they ashamed of their own name? They need someone to volunteer to pick a new mascot. Tennessee Hounds works for me.

11. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

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11. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
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What makes a hurricane golden? Why would one want their hurricane to be golden? Are there other colors that natural disasters could be, or are we sticking to the precious metals? Can there be a silver tornado? How about a bronze tsunami? They made a good move changing the mascot to a superhero, but it still doesn't keep them from this list.

10. Syracuse Orange

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10. Syracuse Orange

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This mascot seems like it is discriminatory against people who like to fake tan. Take a look at the mascot. It's a big orange ball. For a school with such an awesome media program, they need to work on the mascot.

9. New Mexico Lobos

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9. New Mexico Lobos

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New Mexico Wolves sounds really good. A wolf is an awesome mascot. They are scary, but are close enough to a dog to be loveable. Instead, they picked Lobos. Why try to be different when you don't need to be?

8. Harvard Crimson

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8. Harvard Crimson

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Crimson is a color. It is a type of red. You're smarter than that, Harvard. This will be the only "dumbest" list this Ivy League school finds itself on.

7. Delaware Blue Hens

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7. Delaware Blue Hens

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Hens. Not chickens or roosters -- Delaware picked blue hens as its mascot. Could there be a mascot that is less scary? The connection between birds and mascots makes sense when they are either majestic or scary. Eagles and falcons are both scary birds. Blue jays and cardinals are more elegant. What's a hen? It sits on a farm and lays eggs all day. Just because it is the state bird does not mean you must name your school after it.

6. Providence Friars

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6. Providence Friars

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This makes sense for the given university, I will give you that, but to many a friar sounds like an old rich dude in his robe. This is thanks to the now famous Friar's Club. It just takes away from the mascot's true meaning, which is a monk-type figure in the Catholic church.

5. Manhattan Jaspers

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5. Manhattan Jaspers

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They are named after the coach who came up with the seventh-inning stretch. What else is there to say?

4. Saint Louis Billikens

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4. Saint Louis Billikens

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What is a Billiken? It's a creepy-looking doll from the early 20th century. In the early days of baseball, there were a few minor league teams that bore the name. The last was in 1910. For some reason, the Saint Louis basketball team did not get the memo. Do yourself a favor, Google it. It is fun to see what they actually look like.

3. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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3. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers Basketball Mascot
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I am all for schools trying to pick a mascot that suits the area. The WVU Mountaineers make sense. The Florida Gators could not be more perfect. It only works when there are interesting things around your area. Cornhuskers are not interesting. Is cornhusker still a job out in Nebraska?

2. Wichita State Shockers

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2. Wichita State Shockers

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Shockers can be taken in a different way than I am sure the university intended. Beyond that, the name comes from a way to harvest wheat. Are you not entertained?

1. Coastal Carolina Chanticleer

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1. Coastal Carolina Chanticleer

Coastal Carolina Chanticleer
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What the heck is a chanticleer? Seriously, what is it? It is so confusing, the school had to dedicate a page explaining what it is. Just thinking about this mascot is confusing. This was once the name of the Rutgers mascot. They were smart enough to switch to the Scarlet Knights. Maybe one day Coastal Carolina will do the same.

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  • Austin Walker Ladd

    “Cajun is a spice.” Can you sound any dumber? Yeah the name may be unique, but that’s the point. Cajuns are a group of people as well as an entire culture in south Louisiana. Not just a spice

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  • James Brown

    “Cajun is a spice” is just the tip of the iceberg of problems with this article.

  • tedsgirl

    This is incredibly dumb. Nick is either willfully missing the point of some of these or incredibly obtuse.