Team Name: Wildcats
Nickname Established: 1926,
university sponsored contest
Costumed Mascot: Will D. Cat, a Wildcat
Costumed Mascot Debut: 1950's,
determined by college officials due to concerns
about live mascot's behavior.
Live Mascot: Count Villan, a Wildcat
Live Mascot Debut: 1930,
tradition stopped in 1950's.
Team Colors: Navy, Light Blue & White
University Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
(Somehow Villanova is intertwined with Radnor Township, PA.)
Random Facts, Associations and Observations
* Will D. Cat is the first mascot I've found that accepts e-mail!
* Until the late 1970's the Villanova women's athletics teams were known as Wildkittens. (!)
* Apparently their used to be a lot of large wild felines in Pennsylvania at one time. The University of Pittsburgh also chose a wild feline as their mascot.
* The community of Villanova is named after the University, not the other way around.
* What's the relationship between Villanova and Radnor Township? If you care to explain, you can educate me via gmail. (64mascots@ affore mentioned mail provider)
Research in progress. More fascinating information to come.
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"Traditions, History of the Wildcat." Official Villanova University Athletics Site
"Villanova University." Wikipedia.
Official Villanova Cheerleading Site
Official Villanova Kids Club - Cat Pack
Official Villanova Men's Basketball Site
Official Villanova University Site
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