March Madness Mascots & Nicknames 101: What Is An Aggie?
March 13 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
If you are a city person like myself, there is no earthly reason why you'd know what an "aggie" is, and yet sports fans hear the term all the time. Multiple college athletics programs call themselves the Aggies, including two schools that will participate in the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament that begins this week.
So in the interest of giving you the best possible shot at impressing your friends with obscure college nickname knowledge this weekend, here is a quick Mascots 101 class on the Aggies - and where/when you'll see them during March Madness.
What does "Aggie" mean?
An Aggie is simply a nickname that is traditionally used to describe students who attend agricultural schools, which is why the nickname is used my multiple 'agricultural and mechanical/technical' colleges. All of the current colleges and universities that employ the nickname are tied specifically into agricultural studies in some form.
Eight colleges in the United States use the Aggies nickname.
*Have appeared in an NCAA Tournament
New Mexico State*
North Carolina A&T*
Which schools' Aggies are in this year's tournament?
New Mexico State is the No. 14 seed in the East region and will play No. 3 Baylor in the first round of tournament on Friday afternoon. UC Davis plays NC Central in one of the First Four games on Wednesday. The winner of that game earns the No. 16 seed to play No. 1 Kansas in the first round of the Midwest region.
What mascot do teams nicknamed the Aggies use?
It varies from school to school. New Mexico State's is a cowboy named Pistol Pete, UC Davis' is a blue horse known as Gunrock the Mustang and Texas A&M is represented by a Rough Collie named Reveille. Since adopting the dog as the mascot, each new Reveille that succeeds the last is given a Roman numeral at the end of the name. The current mascot is Reveille IX - and she is super cute.
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