Northwestern's Wildcats Not All That Wild

Northwestern's Wildcats Not All That Wild

When you hear the nickname "Wildcats," you think of Kentucky or Arizona. Or maybe Villanova or Stephen Curry's Davidson Wildcats come to mind, thanks to recent NCAA basketball tournaments.

But rarely do you think of Northwestern University -- a major reason why the Evanston, Ill., school should consider changing its nickname to something more distinctive and less banal.

"Mundane," Nick Zessis, Northwestern class of 2012, said. "A Wildcat seems to be a sort of generic mascot.”

"I'm not particularly attached to it," Michelle Goldfine, also class of 2012, said. "It's pretty common. There are lots of other Wildcats."

From Abilene Christian to Weber State, more than 25 schools have the nickname Wildcats.

Northwestern is not even the only major conference school with the color purple and a Wildcat mascot named Willie.

"Pardon the Interruption's" Michael Wilbon (class of 1980), who likes Northwestern's current nickname, was at an airport recently when his toddler, Matthew, became excited seeing a purple Wildcats jersey.

Turns out the jersey was of Kansas State, a program with more basketball and football success.

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