After sorting through high school mascots across the country a few weeks ago, I took on the monumental task of the taking a look at the mascots at small colleges that play football around the country and picking out the strangest. Luckily I had some help from a handful of viewers who kindly gave some guidance.
This piece will feature the strangest mascots in Division III, Junior College, and NAIA football (plus a few exceptional ones from D-II), and I’ve snuck one mascot into the list without a football team that is just too strange to ignore.
Just as I laid out in the high school version of this article, to receiver full consideration among the strangest mascots in small college football, the program must have a depiction of some kind of their mascot to go along with the name, and it should also be very unique. For example, Arkansas Tech are the Wonder Boys, Rockford University are the Regents, and Illinois College are the Blueboys, and while all of them are unique, none of them have an actual tangible mascot, or an illustrated version.
*Some mascots appear at more than one program.
Trine Thunder* (D-III): I’m not sure how you can have a mascot for a sound (which obviously cannot be seen), but Trine manages to use both a lightning bolt and a white cat named “Storm”. Confusing on both fronts.
– Wabash Little Giants (D-III)
Bethany College Swedes (NAIA): If you like this mascot, you’re going to love their unique helmet.
Heidelberg Student Princes (D-III): Even the women’s programs are the student princes.
Rhode Island School of Design Nads: This is the only non-football playing school on the list, but with a nickname like The Nads how can it not be included on a strange mascot list? Notice the strategic puck placement on the logo. I understand that the most popular cheer at games is simply “GO NADS!”
Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas (D-II): Javelinas are apparently also known as skunk pigs, which would also make for one hell of a fun mascot.