History of the Owls
Rice University athletic teams are known as the Rice Owls. The name comes from the owls in Rice's crest. Rice participates in NCAA Division I athletics. A member of Conference USA, Rice sponsors teams in seven men's and seven women's NCAA-sanctioned sports. Rice was a member of the Southwest Conference until its breakup in 1996. Rice then joined the Western Athletic Conference before joining C-USA on July 1, 2005, and has since announced it will move to the American Athletic Conference shortly, most likely in 2023. Rice is the fifth-smallest school competing in NCAA Division I FBS football measured by undergraduate enrollment, just above the University of Tulsa's 2,756, and the three FBS United States service academies approximate 4,500. Rice's rivals include the cross-town Houston Cougars.
College Sports Established
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1912 - 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
2023 - / American Athletic Conference
2005 - 2023 / Conference USA
1996 - 2004 / Western Athletic Conference
1915 - 1996 / Southwest Conference
1912 - 1914 / Independent
Owls - When athletic activities began at the Rice Institute in 1912, the teams adopted as their mascot the owl from the Rice seal. Over the years, Rice’s various mascots have included students dressed in owl costumes, live Great Horned Owls, and large owl statues of fiberglass and of canvas, the latter being particularly famous in Rice lore.
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