University Of North Dakota's Rejected Mascot Names Are Incredible

The University of North Dakota has selected a new mascot to replace a Native American moniker, but wacky suggestions from the public stole the show.
Posted at 11:07 AM, Nov 19, 2015

The University of North Dakota, long known as the Fighting Sioux, is changing its mascot in response to an NCAA rule banning monikers that could offend Native Americans.

On Wednesday, the school announced it will be nicknamed the Fighting Hawks.

But the school's selection process unearthed some far weirder ideas.

To choose the new name, the school conducted an exhaustive public survey where North Dakota fans could submit their mascot ideas online. Their suggestions were eventually narrowed down to two finalists, the Fighting Hawks and the Roughriders, and were put up for a public vote. (Video via North Dakota Athletics)

North Dakota fans are probably pretty happy the Fighting Hawks won over a bevy of other suggestions. Some fan ideas submitted in May were, shall we say, "original."

They include: the North Dakota Fighting Corgis, the North Dakota Ice Donkeys and the North Dakota Fighting Mosquitoes.

Wait, hang on. That last one actually makes some sense. 

North Dakota is home to some large mosquito populations, which communities often attempt to control through mass spraying. (Video via National Geographic)

And the prospect of covering your most hated rival head to toe in mosquito bites can be pretty intimidating.

Other mascot suggestions that have some utility include the North Dakota Jedi, the North Dakota Teddy Roosevelts and the North Dakota Majestic Unicorns, which its submitter said "Unifies the campus under one (Unicorn horn)." (Video via Walt Disney Pictures)

Though others, like the North Dakota Chalupas, the North Dakota Galaxy Stars and the North Dakota Fighting Tumbleweeds, may be more difficult to represent. (Video via University of North Dakota)

In the end, though, the Fighting Hawks won out, and the next step is to put together a new logo and uniforms. Though you've got to admit, the Fighting Mosquitoes would have generated a lot of buzz.

This video includes images from Getty Images, Daniel Stockman / CC BY SA 2.0Klearchos Kapoutsis / CC BY 2.0Ramon Portellano / CC BY 2.0sookie / CC BY 2.0Lemon~art / CC BY 2.0 and the Library of Congress.