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Unique College Sports Logos

There are a lot of articles on Google about favorite College Sports Logos. Many are some of the top branded logos in all of sports like the Longhorn from University of Texas or the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

You don’t see many articles featuring those unique college sports logos that are not a Tiger or a Panther. Today, we throw our Awesome Sports Logos Spotlight on some college sports logos that you may have never seen before. They are unique with some cool back stories and that’s right up our alley in the logo world.


Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes


This is awesome. Even the direct link to their athletic page is creative with Here is the reason for the name according to the Community College website:

Born during a period of student unrest in the early 1970s, Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school’s mascot to express a difference of opinion concerning budget priorities. Originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by students, athletes, staff, and the community as a beloved character.”

One other interesting aspect about Scottsdale Community College is that it’s the only public community college located on Native American land.


UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs


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Once again the students win the battle on naming the mascot. According  to the schools site, the Chancellor of the University needed a mascot name when athletics went from intramural to NCAA Division III. He wanted Sea Lions. A Sea Lion was even painted at center court for the hoops team. The students wouldn’t relent, as they loved their adopted Banana Slugs name. By the way, what is a Banana Slug? Here you go.


After years of persuasion, Banana Slugs became the official name. Go Slugs!


Concordia College Cobbers


 Who needs a Lion or Tiger mascot when you have a ferocious Corn on the Cobb? The Moorhead Minnesota college spells out the mascot history on it’s official website

Another Moorhead College, Hope Academy, founded by Swedish immigrants, was Concordia’s first rival. While their school was located in the city proper, Concordia was “out in the country,” surrounded by farmland. So the urbanite Hope students derisively called the predominately Norwegian farm boys from Concordia “corncobs.”


Campbell University Fighting Camels



Here is the explanation from the University website


According to historian J. Winston Pearce, author of "Campbell College, Big Miracle in Little Buies Creek," the nickname's origin perhaps stretches back to the turn of the century when all but one of the school's original buildings were destroyed by fire. In the aftermath, Z.T. Kivett visited the school's founder and president, Dr. James Archibald Campbell, at his residence. As Dr. Campbell bemoaned the fate of the institution he had worked 13 years to build, Mr. Kivett encouraged him, "Your name's Campbell; then get a hump on you! We've got work to do." Dr. Campbell thought that Mr. Kivett said, "You're a camel, get a hump on you." Hence the nomadic nickname.

I love the explanation and I love the mascot. I also love how they get creative in their videos.


How can you not root for Campbell. Go Camels!

At Awesome Sports Logos, we have some unique objects that you wouldn’t expect to see as a sports logo. A perfect example is the Arizona Pricks.


You don’t see many cactus sports logos in fact, we don’t know of any others. The Saguaro Cactus is native to the Arizona desert and Futbol or Soccer is beloved in this state so this logo fits right in. The cactus is conveniently located between to soccer balls. Go Pricks!

The Tequila Worms


I couldn’t believe that a team from Tequila Mexico didn’t call themselves the Worms. You don’t see many worms in Tequila bottles anymore. Many of you have said that you’ve seen them but after five or six glasses, you begin to see a lot of things. If you love soccer or futbol, this is the t-shirt for you. Go Worms!

Thanks so much for reading about unique sports logos. I love the creativity of these schools and how they embrace their great names and logos. A reminder that if you like our logos, the best way to get our super soft t-shirts at a great price with free shipping is by joining our t-shirt of the month club. It’s awesome!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic

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