After months of deliberation, Arkansas State University has named the "Red Wolves" as their new mascot name, the Herald reports. Its former nickname, the "Indians," was shown the door after the NCAA banned American Indian imagery and names from use.
A school committee opted for the specificity of the "Red Wolves" moniker over regular ol' "Wolves" because of its uniqueness: No other four-year university uses it as a nickname. Plus, "the red wolf is a noble species that once inhabited (Arkansas)," said the school's chancellor, who also mentioned the beast's viciousness and aggressiveness. ASU will begin using its new mascot at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year.