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#1 Knight2day

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:49 AM

This question was intended for the SMC crew but anyone with some info please jump in. When and how did your team settle on your mascot ? I know Robbinsville was the blue devils until the mid 60's . Why the name change ? Why Black Knights ? I've been told that coach Colvin found black and white uniforms really really cheap, wonder if the change in colors could bring on a mascot change ? Some of you veterans of the SMC help me out.

#2 Knights

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:23 AM

Black knights won't change. We went through that in the 90s


#3 uncgrad1998

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:05 AM

At one time Murphy's nickname was Boomers which is another name for a small red squirrel.  One story in the Cherokee Scout said the Boomers were having a hard time beating the Andrews Wildcats in the 20s or 30s.  New coach was hired and decided to pick a mascot that could whip a Wildcat. Bulldogs was chosen, Murphy then won the first time vs the Wildcats and the name was kept from then on.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:20 AM

WCU was almost the Boomers.  A student vote came down to the Catamounts and the Boomers but the coach at the time thought that Catamounts was more aggressive sounding.  I, for one, think a huge opportunity was missed there.  They'd be the only squirrel mascot in all of NCAA!



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

Wasn't Swain the Ridgerunners at some point?



#6 Knight2day

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:00 PM

Good stuff , thanks for the info.

#7 btango

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:08 PM

Wasn't Swain the Ridgerunners at some point?


That's a good nickname.




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