Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top 10 Retired College Sports Team Logos

There's something special about retired logos, whether or not you're old enough to remember them. They give of a certain feeling of nostalgia, regardless of the team's performance at the time. Plus, some of these old logos are way more awesome than the current logo. Of course many teams had valid reasons to change their logo, but just because a logo has been retired doesn't mean it can't be admired!

Here is The Vault's list of the ten best retired logos in the NCAA:

10. NC State Wolfpack Primary Logo 1972-1999

old school nc state logo

Here we have the old version of NC State's Mr. Wuf logo. It's much more detailed than the current logo, which is what makes it cool. Most current logos adopt a less is more policy, but in the past they tried to look as tough as possible. That's why this logo looks like it would eat the current logo for breakfast.

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9. Navy Midshipmen Secondary Logo 1972-1997

This logo has such a classic feel that we had to include it in the list. Bill the Goat is his name, except nowadays Navy went with a more animalistic portrayal. The old school version looks like a man with the face of a goat, as if he were about to start talking smack about this weekend's game.

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8. Florida State Seminoles Alternate Logo 1976-1987

Although Osceola and Renegade still introduce the Seminoles at home games, this alternate logo was retired from official use in 1987. The real life version of the mascot almost identical to this logo, so I'm not quite sure why they don't use it anymore.

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7. Michigan Wolverines Primary Logo 1948-1963


Fun fact about Michigan football: back in the 1920s they would bring two real life wolverines onto the field during games. Their names were Bennie and Biff, and they were carted around the stadium for years until they became too vicious and were donated to the Detroit Zoo.

P.S. Don't tell the Buckeyes that we didn't put any of their logos on our list.

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6. Miami Hurricanes Alternate Logo 1972-1999


I'd be willing to bet a lot of money that the reason why this logo was retired is the fact that Sebastian the Ibis is smoking a pipe. It doesn't really make sense for a sports team to a mascot that smokes a pipe. Might send the wrong message, you know?

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5. Hawaii Warriors Primary Logo 1982-1997

This old school Hawaii Rainbow Warriors logo has a really retro feel to it. It looks like a video game logo or something, but in fact it was the logo for a football team. We picked it because it's a pretty chill logo, just like Hawaii is a pretty chill place.

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4. Syracuse Orangemen Primary Logo 1972-1988

This was from a time when Syracuse played as the Orangemen or Orangewomen, depending on the sport. It isn't hard to guess why this logo isn't in use anymore, but we still think it looks pretty awesome. That Native American looks ready to destroy somebody. I wouldn't want to mess with that Syracuse tribe if this was still their logo.

3. University of Illinois Primary Logo 1989-2003 


Chief Illiniwek is another popular retired logo that was surrounded by controversy during its use, and eventually the NCAA decided to ban it. Still, many people admire the Chief and disagree with the school's decision to retire the mascot.

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2. University of Mississippi Primary Logo 1970-1995 


Colonel Reb was chosen for this list because he remains a local legend on the Ole Miss campus. There was some controversy over the use of Colonel Reb as a mascot, so the school switched him out for Rebel Black Bear. Still, a large percentage of the Ole Miss fans still consider Colonel Reb their mascot.

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1. Oregon Ducks Primary Logo 1974-1993

This Oregon Ducks logo is none other than Disney's Donald Duck. If you look closely at the bottom of the image you can see the Disney trademark. This logo is much cooler than the simple "O" they're rocking nowadays, but the Oregon Ducks still always look fresh. The green and yellow color combination just pops. That's why we had to place them at number one. Plus, what other school can say that Disney made their logo?

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 Honorable Mention: College of Charleston Cougars Primary Logo 1964-2002

We couldn't leave our hometown team out of the mix, even if they don't have a football team. This was CofC's logo for almost 50 years before they updated it in 2003. It was updated again in 2012, each time taking on a more modern look.

College of Charleston Football: Undefeated Since 1770.

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Did we miss any of your favorite logos? Let us know in the comments below!


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