History of the Wildcats
The Weber State Wildcats are the varsity athletic teams representing Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, in intercollegiate athletics, sponsoring 16 teams. The Wildcats compete in NCAA Division I FCS and are charter members (1963) of the Big Sky Conference. The mascot is Waldo the Wildcat, and the team colors are purple and white, with black as an accessory color.
College Sports Established
Weber State University
1978 - Present / NCAA Division I–AA / FCS
1973 - 1977 / NCAA Division II
1962 - 1972 / NCAA College Division
1963 – Present / Big Sky Conference
1962 / Independent
Wildcats - There was never an official declaration naming the wildcat as the school's mascot, and before the mid-1920s, there was never a documented reference to the Weber Wildcats.
WSU Athletic Hall of Fame football player Wallace F. (Wally) Morris, who played for Coach Merlon Stevenson in the 1920s, told his children that one day during a strict, hard practice, one of the other players said he played like a pussycat. Hearing the remark, Stewart "Monk" Holliday, the team captain, looked up and yelled back, "He's no pussy-cat. He's a wildcat!" From that day on, Wally Morris was known only as "Wildcat" Morris.
During that time, Weber College (later WSU) athletic teams were called "Weberites." As the football team continued to refer to "Wildcat," Morris, Al Warden, a sportswriter for the local newspaper, wrote in an article that the football players were as "scrappy as a bunch of wildcats," and the name stuck.
Weber College President Aaron Tracy was opposed to the name. Tracy was a man of high morals, and records indicate he didn't think the students should be likened to a bunch of wildcats. He thought the name was demeaning. Tracy wondered why they didn't come up with a more noble symbol—like a lion.
Bobcats, or bob-tailed cats, were sometimes called wildcats. The short-tailed cats from the lynx family are native to the Wasatch Mountains and drew fur trappers to the area before the Mormon pioneers arrived. The alliteration of "Weber Wildcats" and "Waldo the Wildcat" flowed easily off the tongue.
For many years, the students kept a live wildcat to display at football games. The animal, unhappy at being held in a cage, ended its career as a mascot when it bit a cheerleader named Judy Freeman on the nose.
The mascot has evolved over the years and is now represented in a logo used to describe the aggressive spirit of our intercollegiate sports teams, both men's and women's. The wildcat is used on uniforms, signage, athletics stationery, publications, and promotions.
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