Who is Sister Jean? Introducing Loyola Chicago’s Instantly Famous Chaplain

Unfathomable surprises have defined March Madness, beginning with the UMBC Retrievers’ upset of top overall seed Virginia that marked the first time a 16-seed has ever toppled a No. 1 seed.

But not even the biggest upset in history could keep Sister Jean from becoming the most memorable face of the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament:

So who is Sister Jean, the instantly famous March Madness sensation?

Jean Dolores Schmidt, or “Sister Jean” as she’s affectionately known by, is a 98-year-old chaplain for the Loyola Chicago Ramblers men’s basketball team. Her cheery interviews and spry optimism made her an overnight sensation after Loyola’s last-second win over Miami in the first round.

She even received congratulations from former president Barack Obama, who thanked her for keeping his bracket in line:

Not even Obama could have forecast what happened next, however. Sister Jean’s popularity snowballed each round as the Ramblers rode their grit and heart to an improbable Final Four berth as a No. 11 seed in a South region that included the likes of Virginia, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Arizona and Tennessee.

While the aura of Sister Jean is a brand new feeling for basketball lovers, it’s nothing new for students, alumni and supporters of the Catholic university in Chicago. She’s something of a folk hero at Loyola, where she’s worked since 1991 and served as a team chaplain since 1994.

However, her ties to the Chicago area start long before the 90’s. Sister Jean arrived at Mundelein College in Chicago in 1961, where she became a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and quickly became involved in the budding civil rights movement. She even watched Loyola’s 1963 national championship – their one and only title – on a black-and-white television.

Fast forward some 55 years, and Loyola fans across the nation are rocking Sister Jean t-shirts featuring her contagious smile and motivational quotes.

Sister Jean may be getting her 15 minutes of fame during this special March Madness run by her Ramblers, but it’s no coincidence. As anyone connected to Loyola Chicago would tell you, she deserves the fame as much as anyone.

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The History of Purdue Pete

Purdue University was founded in 1869, and classes began just a few years later in 1874. In 1887, Old Gold and Black were adopted as Purdue’s official colors, and in 1891, and the name “Boilermakers” was adopted for its athletic teams (after it was accused of recruiting athletes from boiler shops).

Several decades later, Purdue adopted its official mascot. It’s a locomotive – yes, really – mounted on an automobile chassis. This mascot, called the Boilermaker Special, made its debut in 1940. Just a few years later, another mascot became entered into Purdue legend, and soon after, became a fixture at sporting events. This burly boilermaker is called “Pete” and still works the Purdue crowds with his giant head, a helmet, a big hammer, and smooth moves.

Let’s go back in time to see where Purdue Pete got his start and how he’s changed over the years.

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Purdue Pete’s Origins

Pete’s humble origins began at the Purdue University bookstore when owners Doc Epple and Red Sammons hired artist Art Evans to create an advertising logo. The character didn’t get a name until four years later when the Purdue yearbook, “Debris,” wanted to use him on the cover. When the editors asked Epple for the character’s name, he blurted out “Pete!” for no reason at all, and the name stuck.

Pete has always been a big guy conveying strength, but his form has certainly taken many different shapes over the ensuing decades. He goes to a number of sporting events as well as other community appearances and is well-loved by students, fans, and alumni (despite not being an “official” mascot). Check out how Purdue Pete has changed over the years.

Paper Mache to Modern-Day Pete

Purdue Pete became a sideline mascot in 1956 with a large, heavy paper mache head. He had a square hat, large eyes, and a friendly smile.

In 1963, the head of Purdue Pete was transformed into something much larger. The eyes were wide-set and the smile, perhaps, was a little less sincere.

In 1980, Purdue fans were introduced to a frowny Pete who looked like he meant business. Instead of paper mache, the head was constructed of fiberglass. Pete had angry-looking eyebrows and a downturned smile. He still sported the square hat.

In 1983, a redesigned Pete hit the sidelines. This Pete no longer featured the square hat – instead, he now bore a construction helmet emblazoned with a capital “P.” His eyebrows were bushy and friendlier than the iteration that came before, and he had a more believable head of hair.

Pete, as he appears today, was designed in 1989. He boasts a chiseled face, more reasonable eyebrows, and a lightweight carbon fiber head created by the aviation technology lab on campus. He sports shoulder pads and still carries a hammer.

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Evolution of the Kentucky Wildcats

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The University of Kentucky was established in 1865, and its basketball program got its start a few decades later in 1902. Since then, the team’s done nothing more than becoming the winningest team in the NCAA, reach the Final Four 17 times, and win eight national titles (that’s the second-most of all time). Let’s take a look back at UK’s long and storied history, and how its logo has changed over the years.

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Kentucky History

The UK basketball team got started in 1902, and there isn’t a lot known about those early years – in fact, the coach(s) for four out of its first five years is “unknown.”  However, since then, the team’s had several head coaches, but the longest-tenured one is a fellow by the name of Adolph Rupp, who manned the helm for over four decades. During his time with the team, he led them to four national titles, 27 SEC titles, and won 876 games. Due to his long, successful years as Kentucky’s head coach, the team’s home was named in his honor when it opened in 1976.  

The Wildcats have since won four more national titles: one under coach Joe B. Hall in 1978, one under coach Rick Pitino in 1996, one under coach Tubby Smith in 1998. Most recently, they snagged another win over Kansas under current head coach John Calipari in 2012.

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Wildcat Logo Evolution

The University of Kentucky’s athletic teams became known as the Wildcats after a football victory over Illinois in 1909. The head of the military department at the school, which was then known as State University, told a group of students the team had fought “like wildcats.” Over time, the nickname stuck and was officially adopted by the university. A few renditions of its logo have included depictions of its mascot, but not all.

1973

The Wildcats logo from this era features a detailed, snarling head of what looks like a bobcat that is superimposed over the outline of Kentucky.

1989

This version includes the university’s letters, “UK,” with a full-bodied wildcat standing behind and over the top. Three of his four feet show claws extended, and he looks ferocious, with his mouth open and teeth exposed.

2005

In 2005, the wildcat disappears from the logo, and only the “UK” remains. It’s in a medium blue, with a white outline around each letter, and the whole logo is complete with a thinner blue line.

2016

The current UK logo is much the same, except the blue is darker and the overlap of the “K” over the “U” isn’t quite as complex and has fewer lines.

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Evolution of the Villanova Wildcats

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The Villanova Wildcats basketball program has been around since 1920 and has notched two national titles – most recently in 2016. This private Catholic university was founded in 1842 and has a ton of pride in its basketball team every season. Let’s take a look at the team and how the Wildcat logo has changed over the years.

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Wildcat History

The Villanova basketball program got its start in 1920 and was helmed by coach Michael Saxe for its first six seasons. There have been several head coaches since, but some have stood out more than the others. Rollie Massimino, for example, coached the Wildcats for 19 years and led his squad on a magical Cinderella run that led to a national title in 1985. Dubbed one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history, the Wildcats were the lowest seed (8) to win a championship and certainly weren’t expected to upend No. 1 seed Georgetown.  

Nova’s second title run was just a couple of years ago. The university hired Jay Wright to lead the team before the 2001-02 season, and after a few years, Villanova was back in the March dance. They made it to the Final Four in 2009 and again in 2016 – that second time, of course, resulted in the school’s second championship title. They again won their title against a No. 1 seed (North Carolina), but this time, Nova was a No. 2 seed. The title win, however, was just as sweet as the first time.

Logo Evolution

Villanova conducted a contest in 1926 for the entire student body to help choose a mascot. A former football player from Notre Dame, who had recently joined Villanova’s coaching staff, suggested the “Wildcats,” and the name stuck. Nova’s particular mascot most closely resembles the bobcat, and while an actual series of bobcats was used as the school’s live mascot, that notion has since given way to a student wearing a costume.

As the Wildcats, some of their logos have featured a cat prominently. Here’s how their logo has changed over the years.

1968

An early rendition of the Villanova logo makes use of the school’s first letter and a wildcat – this one features a full-bodied bobcat-like creature that has made his way through the letter “V” and displays a prominent snarl. On the left “leg” of the “V,” we find the word “Villanova” spelled out in all caps.

1996

This version of the Villanova logo contains many elements. The “V” appears in the background in berry color, and Villanova is spelled out across the top. Curving below that word, we see Wildcats. And the lower half contains a pretty detailed bobcat, mouth open in a roar, with claws extended.

2004

The current Villanova logo is created. It’s quite simple, but also very striking. Gone are words and bobcats – only a “V” remains. The bulk of the “V” is dark blue, with a lighter blue stripe running through the center. It is outlined with a thick white stripe, with a thinner dark blue stripe around the whole letter.

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Evolution of the Kansas Jayhawks

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Basketball at the University of Kansas has been around since, well, practically the beginning of the sport itself, and the program has since made great strides toward becoming an NCAA powerhouse and perennial tournament participant. Here’s where this esteemed basketball program got its start, and how its unique logo has changed over time.

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Rock Chalk Jayhawk History

Dr. James Naismith is often credited with inventing basketball when he was a YMCA instructor in Massachusetts in 1891. After leaving his Y post, he got a medical degree in Denver, and then got a job at the University of Kansas. There, he founded its basketball program in 1898 and served as its first coach for nine seasons. He was succeeded as coach by a former player, Forrest “Phog” Allen, whose legendary coaching and efforts to lead the team to the university’s first NCAA title led to a permanent tribute on campus – today’s team plays in Allen Fieldhouse (also known as the Phog).

Kansas plays in the Big 12 Conference and has made an appearance in 14 Final Four and won three NCAA championships. Since Allen’s departure, the team has had a bevy of great b-ball coaches, including Dick Harp, Ted Owens, Larry Brown (who won KU’s second national championship in 1988), Roy Williams, and current head coach, Bill Self (who won their third championship in 2008).

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Logo Evolution

KU’s mascot is the Jayhawk, which stems from early Kansas struggles between those who were in favor of slavery and those who wanted the territory to remain free. The “free” people, especially those from Lawrence, were known as Jayhawkers, and the image began to take on a patriotic feel. The bird first appeared in a KU cheer in 1886, and when the sports team got its start, it was naturally called the Jayhawks.

1912

The mascot and logo have gone through many changes over the last 100 years. Its first incarnation features a blue bird with a large yellow beak and shoes – for kicking opponents.

1920

The next logo depicts a less cartoonish bird perched on the letters KU. This guy is also mostly blue, but his beak is sharper and narrower.

1923

This is the first year the Jayhawk is depicted with a red head. The “KU” also appears on his body for the first time in red, and his beak is rounder and freakishly large when compared to its prior version.

1929

This version is similar to the last, with a few notable changes. The beak is smaller, the Jayhawk looks fierce, like he meant for business, and he has talons on his legs.

1941

The 1941 rendition is shorter, stouter, and has a wide, frowny beak that pairs very well with his “I mean business” steely glare. The KU remains on his chest but is now depicted in white.

1946

The Jayhawk undergoes one more change. He’s a little spunkier now, walks with a jaunty step, and features a smile instead of a scowl. This is the version that survives today.

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Evolution of the Clemson Tigers

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Clemson University may be more well-known as a football school (in fact, they won the national title most recently in 2016, and their basketball program has yet to appear in a Final Four), but this season has gone well for the Tigers, and expectations are running pretty high these days in South Carolina. Clemson was founded in 1889, and it formed a basketball team a couple of decades later in 1911. Let’s take a look at its basketball program and how the Clemson Tiger logo has changed over the 100-plus seasons the team has participated in basketball.

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Clemson History

Clemson’s first basketball coach was Frank Dobson, who spent time as a professional basketball player before coming to coach at the university. Although he only coached for two years, he led the team to its only undefeated season the first year, when the team went 4-0.

There have been quite a few coaches since, and the school reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1980 under coach Bill C. Foster. The team, a six seed, made it to the Elite Eight before ultimately falling out of the tourney to UCLA. Since then, they’ve played in the NCAA tournament several times, but haven’t eked past the Sweet Sixteen since that first journey in March 1980.

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Logo Evolution

Clemson is known as the Tigers, and has been since the school’s first football coach Walter Merritt Riggs brought the game and jersey from his alma mater – Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University who are, of course, known as the Tigers. The first logos featured the fierce cat, but that did change over time.

1928

An early rendition of Clemson’s logo is a realistic-looking orange tiger’s head and neck, his mouth open in what we can imagine is a snarl.

1951

This logo is a bit more cartoonish. The tiger here looks happy and satisfied as he lounges within a large capital “C.” He’s full-bodied, and his tail hangs leisurely down below the bottom of the letter.

1965

Here, we revert back to a realistic-looking (and growling) tiger head. This tiger is facing the viewer and looks like he’s going to get you. Below, “Clemson” is spelled out in all caps.

1970

This tiger is similar to the other realistic versions that came before it. This tiger is colored orange and purple, likely the official Clemson orange and regalia of the school. “Clemson” is still spelled out in all caps beneath the tiger.

1977

The Tiger Paw makes its first appearance in 1977, and this is the logo that remains today – recognized all over the country as being a part of Clemson and its athletic programs. In the early ’70s, discussions begin to create a new logo to develop something more original and unique. Those behind the new logo contact the Smithsonian Institution for a photo of a paw and the National History Museum in Chicago for a cast of a tiger paw. Both are referenced in the logo’s creation. It sits at a 30-degree angle, which reflects the typical 1 p.m. start for football games as is normal in these days. Also, the scar that appears on the bottom of the paw reflects the cast that is made during the research phase of the logo design – that tiger has a similar scar.

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The History of Brutus Buckeye

Ohio State University was founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, and eight years later, the college name changed to its present-day moniker. The athletic teams here are known as the Buckeyes – a term that predates the university itself and has been a term of reference for all Ohio residents.

Let’s take a closer look at Ohio State University’s mascot – Brutus Buckeye – and find out how he’s changed from a paper mache embodiment of a buckeye nut with legs (and not much else) to the dashing Brutus that fans, students, and alumni know and love today.

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How Brutus Buckeye Came to Be

Brutus Buckeye is an awesome buckeye nut head on a pretty normal human body, but you have to wonder – why the buckeye nut? It turns out, buckeyes are pretty Ohioan, and so it was a natural selection for the university’s sports teams.

The buckeye tree is native to Ohio (especially in the Ohio River Valley), and its dark brown nut features lighter tan patches. These nuts are inedible, but folk tales say that carrying one brings the bearer good luck (and even wards off pain). The buckeye tree is a hardy plant, and before Ohio was granted statehood (in the 18th century), Colonel Ebenezer Sproat became known as “Buckeye” for his great spirit and strong stature. Over time, the use of this term spread to other white settlers and locals, and the presidential election of 1840 cemented the term into national lexicon when William Henry Harrison embraced it during his campaign.

Brutus is an active mascot, appearing at over 500 events each year (both sports and non-sports), and enjoys sweet moves such as head banging, headstands, playing the drums, and fake singing. He was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007 and was the 2015 UCA Mascot National champion.

Ohio State students Ray Bourhis and Sally Huber are credited for the buckeye mascot suggestion in 1965, and his appearance has varied wildly over the years. The one constant, however, is the buckeye nut – dark brown, lighter brown patches, and a face. Let’s take a look at how Brutus has changed over the years.

Brutus Buckeye: From Paper Mache to Sweet Threads

Brutus Buckeye is, overall, a nut from the buckeye tree. Over the years, his getup has changed drastically. The original Brutus, in 1965, was a rounded paper-mache suit – a buckeye nut with some minor features, such as eyes, a mouth, and fluffy white eyebrows.

Unfortunately, the original Brutus – while a hit with fans – was a bomb in the design department because of its weight and size. Instead of paper mache, the next Brutus was made from fiberglass and made its debut at the Ohio State vs. Iowa game.

Soon, more customization was demanded, and in 1968, the adjustable “smile” was born, so if the team was struggling, Brutus could change his smile to a frown.

The next Brutus, in 1975, was decidedly unpopular. Instead of a full-body nut, Brutus now was a small head on a person’s body, and his squinting eye and sneer just didn’t do it for the fans, students, or alumni.

The following year, in 1976, the beloved fiberglass body reappeared, now with big fluffy eyebrows.

In 1977, a new version made its debut. This Brutus was still a full-body nut but was a bit smaller than the cherished fiberglass body. The problem? It was super heavy – 60 pounds heavier than its precursor, which led to its eventual abandonment. A new feature, however, was added and remains today – a ball cap with an “O.”

In the ’80s, the university moved to a smaller head again, but instead of the leering version of 1975, this new head retained the shape of the older, round body and had friendly features. His face was centered on a lighter brown circle, while the rest of his head was a darker brown. Paired with regular athletic uniforms (with the hat remaining in place), this version was well-received by fans.

The new Brutus underwent a uniform change in 1982 when he donned a scarlet and gray striped shirt with his name on the front and “00” on the back. This top, paired with scarlet pants, remains his outfit of choice today.

In 2001, Brutus’ head underwent some touching up as fans noted he looked pretty tired. Today, he looks just as refreshed as he did back then, with big, bright eyes, a button nose, and a wide smile.

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Evolution of the North Carolina Tar Heels

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The University of North Carolina, located in Chapel Hill, is home to the Tar Heels and a basketball program that dates back over 100 years. Since its inception in 1910, the team has appeared in 20 Final Fours and won six national titles – including the most recent championship – and is the No. 3 overall winningest school in the NCAA. They’ve also contributed scads of NBA players, including Michael Jordan. Here’s how this perennial contender got its start and how its logo has changed over time.

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Tar Heel History

North Carolina first took the basketball court on January 27, 1910, against Virginia Christian in a win, 42-21, under head coach Nat Cartmell, who coached the team for four years. Cartmell was the school’s track coach before basketball took hold of the school, and when the team was formed, they asked him to take on basketball as well.

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Since those early days, there have been many head coaches. The longest tenured one, however, was the great Dean Smith, who took the reins in 1961 and stayed until he departed after the 1997 season. His teams were responsible for 11 of the school’s 20 Final Four appearances and two of the team’s six national titles, and as a coach, racked up 879 wins at UNC. While he was still coach, the university named its new home arena the Dean E. Smith Center. He also coached a player who went on to have one of the most successful NBA careers of all times: Michael Jordan, who also helped the Tar Heels win the 1982 National Championship before winning six rings with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA.

Other notable coaches include Frank McGuire, who led the team to its first national title, and current head coach Roy Williams, who took over coaching duties in 2003 and has since won three national championships, including last year’s title clinch.

Logo Evolution

The University of North Carolina’s athletic teams are known as the Tar Heels (and not Tarheels – everyone will tell you that’s wrong). This term dates back to the state’s early history when employees worked to produce tar, and pitch for the naval industry often worked barefoot and likely walked around with actual tar on their heels. Over time, this phrase took on a positive aura and became a notion of state pride.

However, a tarred heel is not the school’s mascot; instead, it’s a ram. While this may seem to be a bit of a stretch, it’s really not. An early football player from 1922 was known as “the battering ram” due to his bruising style of play. Thus, the Tar Heels’ mascot is a ram, which has been reflected in their logo on occasion. Here’s how the UNC logo has changed over time.

1900

In the early days, the logo is simple – an interlocked “NC” in Carolina blue, one of the school’s official colors.

1954

The logo is altered significantly. Now, it appears as a ram’s head, complete with curled, golden horns. Atop its head is a blue cap with the letters “UNC” across the front. This ram’s head means business, and you can tell by the fierce determination across its face.

1968

We see the ram’s head is still a thing, but it’s a little different. He still has a determined mug, but his horns are no longer golden. His cap still sits atop his head, but only sports a “C.” Below the ram’s head is “UNC.”

1983

This rendition includes a full-bodied ram. This guy remains fierce and determined, and sports-clenched fists and a sweater that features an intertwined “NC.” While he has human-like hands, his feet are hooved, and it looks like he’s marching toward victory. His hat again says “UNC.”

1999

This version of the logo reverts to the early, interlocked “NC.” This time, Carolina is spelled across the top, and “Tar Heels” appears along the bottom. In the middle is a ram’s head, but this one is more realistic than the earlier rams. His horns are curled and gray.

2005

Here, we have a version that is very similar to the first. No rams appear, no words, and the only letters are the interlocked “N” and “C.” The bulk of the letters are the lighter Carolina blue, and it’s outlined in a darker blue.

2015

The current logo is very similar to the prior one with the same concept and color scheme, but the letters aren’t quite as thick and bulky.

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Evolution of the New Mexico State Aggies

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New Mexico State University was founded in 1888, but back then it was known as Las Cruces College – which, incidentally, was several years before the territory was granted statehood in 1912. In 1889, the legislature authorized the construction of an agricultural college in the same area, and it was known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. This institution merged with Las Cruces College, and after decades of growth, the school was renamed the New Mexico State University.

The Aggies are headed to the 2018 NCAA Tournament where they hope to snag their first NCAA championship trophy. Let’s take a look through NMSU’s history and check out how their logo has changed over time.

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Aggies History

The Aggies’ basketball program got its start in the early part of the 20th century. Overall, the team hasn’t won a national championship (yet) and appeared in one Final Four in 1970 under head coach Lou Henson. Henson led the team for nine seasons, and six of those saw them head into tournament play. They reached the Sweet Sixteen in 1992 under coach Neil McCarthy, who led the team to the tournament five times over his 12-year tenure.

The Aggies are currently marshaled by head coach Chris Jans in his first season coaching the team. This 2018 team has performed really well, with a 28-5 overall record and a 12-2 record in the WAC.

Logo Evolution

New Mexico State’s athletic teams are named the Aggies due to the school’s agricultural beginnings and pride in the area’s actions to help forge a nation’s journey out west. However, there is a different story tied to the school’s mascot, Pistol Pete. As the story goes, Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton was hell-bent on revenge on the people who murdered his father in New Mexico. The university adopted this persona, and Pistol Pete does his job whipping fans into frenzy at game time. It’s no surprise this beloved mascot appears in a few Aggies logos. Let’s check them out.

1986

The Aggies logo from this period is very solid and basic. A stacked black “N” and “M” are outlined in white and appear above the word “State.” The whole logo is over a crimson background.

2006

In 2006, there is an effort to redesign the university’s mascot: A new Pistol Pete is unveiled to the student body. This Pete is sans pistols and instead twirls a lasso. This change is reflected in the school logo. It depicts a fierce cowboy with a hat, mustache, and bandana. He’s got that lasso in action above his head. Below, “Aggies” and “New Mexico State” appear.

2007

Just one year later, the university gives Pistol Pete his pistols back, which is unsurprising due to the controversy of removing them in the first place. Likewise, his gunslinging ways return to the logo as well. This rendition of the logo, which remains NMSU’s logo, depicts Pete brandishing a gun in each hand. He still sports the cowboy hat, mustache, and bandana, and he now wears a red vest, upon where “NM State” is written.

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Evolution of the Duke Blue Devils Logo

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Duke University’s college basketball program dates back to the early 1900s, but it’s the recent decades that have lifted it to national prominence and perennial tournament appearances. A part of the reason can be attributed to Duke’s long-standing legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has led his squads to five national titles over his tenure beginning in 1980. The Duke Blue Devils are the No. 4 all-time winningest team in NCAA history, and over their 100+ seasons, they’ve gone through a few logo changes too. Let’s take a look at their storied history and how the Blue Devils became what they are today.

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Duke History

Duke University can trace its timeline back to 1838 when it began life as a subscription school and then chartered as a college in 1851. A name change to Trinity College in 1859 took place, and the college was eventually moved to its current locale in Durham in 1892. The name was changed yet again in the ’20s to Duke University, but its basketball program got its start when it was still called Trinity College.

Wilbur Wade “Cap” Card was the initiator at Trinity, having graduated from the college in 1900 and coming back as a physical education director for the school a few years later. The college was approached by the coach of the Wake Forest basketball team for a game, so Card converted the gym and recruited a team. Card coached the team for seven years, and a flurry of other coaches took the reins, but it wasn’t until Coach K got the job in 1980 that the program developed into what is now a modern-day powerhouse that regularly goes to tournaments and wins championships.

Under Coach K, the team has gone to a ton of Final Fours and won five national championships, most recently in 2015. The team has also contributed many players to the NBA, including current players Jabari Parker and Kyrie Irving.

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Logo Evolution

Duke University sports teams are known as the Blue Devils, a name that originated from French soldiers during World War I. Trinity College was searching for a unique, catchy name and settled on the Blue Devils in 1923 as it had garnered support in previous years.

The school’s earliest logos reflect this influence, and over the years, it’s changed quite a bit.

1936

The first Blue Devils logo features the head of a dashing, stern devil, complete with horns and a twisty mustache and goatee – the traditional devil look if you will. Duke is spelled out in capital letters along the bottom right of the logo itself.

1948

In 1948, the logo changes significantly. No longer a simple head, this Blue Devil comes complete with a full body, pointy tail, and menacing trident – plus horns, mustache, and goatee. This guy is standing on the word Duke, which is again in all caps and stretches along the bottom of the logo. A capital “D” adorns his chest.

1955

This version of the Blue Devil is pretty buff compared to the prior two incarnations. He is still depicted with a full body, but he’s facing us and has a very wide and muscular upper body. His features are a bit more cartoonish, but still sports horns, a pointy tail, and a trident. Flames surround his feet as he stands atop the word “Duke.”

1966

Here, we return to a disembodied head. This version is more abstract and lacks a body and the wordmark below.

1971

In 1971, the full-bodied Blue Devil returns, this time with his entire body outlined in flames. He sports a long cape, has a “D” belt buckle, and trident. No words here, either.

1978

The depiction of a Blue Devil disappears for the final version that first appeared in 1978 and remains today. It consists of a white capital “D” against the traditional Duke blue background. Very simple, but very strong and compelling.

Hail the Cameron Crazies

The population of Krzyzewskiville continues to be sky high, with Cameron Crazies hoping to gain admission to a Blue Devils game. If you’re hoping to snag a spot at the Cameron Indoor Stadium, don’t forget to check out Fanatics to grab some authentic gear before you root your Blue Devils on.  

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