We love college pride, we love sports, and we especially love alliteration (sorry, nerd status!) so Mascot Monday is our attempt at combining all 3 things! Each week we will feature a different, random college mascot, just because. Maybe because we think it’s weird, maybe we think it’s hilarious, or maybe it’s just totally awesome (or some combination of all three!) Check back every Monday to see if we feature your school! Want us to feature your school’s mascot? Comment, email us, or tweet @SurvivinCollege with the tag #MascotMonday!
This week on Mascot Monday: The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits
We have officially made our way back into the “totally badass animal” category of college mascots this week with the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. And just in case the word “rabbit” makes you picture a cuddly little bunny, here’s a description of a real jackrabbit from Wikipedia: “The five species of jackrabbit found in central and western North America are able to run at 64 km/h (40 mph), and can leap up to ten feet at a time.” Yeah, holy cow. Jackrabbits are fast and furious! (Well, maybe not furious in real life, but the logo looks pretty darn mad and you can’t argue with that!)
So how did South Dakota State wind up with the jackrabbit as their mascot? While we can’t find an exact history from the school, we did find a few theories. According to The Summit League, one of the theories is that,
“the name “Jackrabbits” came from a story that appeared in a Minneapolis newspaper following a 1905 football game between the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State College, as the university was then known. A reporter for the newspaper, knowing of the preponderance of jackrabbits in the Brookings area, was believed to have written that the SDSC team was a quick as jackrabbits.”
We wish we could give you a more definitive history, but maybe a little a mystery is even better…
Now, aside from the obvious awesomeness of a jackrabbit with its quick speed and ability to jump, we also love the Jackrabbits because their mascot, Jack, looks a little like a permanently happy Bugs Bunny. And, as seen above, he looks pretty good in a baseball uniform – just as charming as Bugs, too, apparently. The Jackrabbits have everything you can ask for in a mascot: speed, agility, a smiling face, great charisma, and a fierce logo. Other teams, beware.