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•If you prefer the ground game, try to catch Minnesota-Duluth. Last season the Bulldogs called 613 running plays in 10 games.
Q. BESIDES SLIPPERY ROCK (PA.) STATE COLLEGE, WHAT OTHER SMALLS DESERVE RECOGNITION BASED ON THEIR NAMES ALONE?
•In alphabetical order:
Gustavus Adolphus, in Saint Peter, Minn., is a Lutheran college named after a Swedish king.
•Also, many smalls have catchy nicknames. Among animals alone there are:
Antelopes (Kearney State, Neb.)
A listing of non-animal favorites includes the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, the Bethel (Kans.) Threshers, the Washburn Ichabods and, among junior colleges, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) C.C. Artichokes. The Artichokes, formerly the Drovers, got their name as the result of a student protest over athletic budgets. One of the leaders behind the protest movement even took to showing up at Scottsdale games decked out in a leafy artichoke costume.
For those who admire puns, there are the Pace Setters (N.Y.). But the most convoluted example of the genre has to be the University of Connecticut. U. Conn.'s nickname is the Huskies. Groan.
Of course, small-college coaches also think Sooners, Trojans and Fighting Irish are pretty funny names, too, and that Crimson Tide is a reddish detergent. Double groan.