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From the all-knowing (but often wrong) Wikipedia:

Rutgers University's school color is scarlet. Initially, students sought to make orange the school color, citing Rutgers' Dutch heritage and in reference to the Prince of Orange. The Daily Targum first proposed that scarlet be adopted in May 1869, claiming that it was a striking color and because scarlet ribbon was easily obtained. During the first intercollegiate football game with Princeton on November 6, 1869, the players from Rutgers wore scarlet-colored turbans and handkerchiefs to distinguish them as a team from the Princeton players.[3]The Board of Trustees officially made scarlet the school colors in 1900.[3]

In its early days, Rutgers athletes were known informally as "The Scarlet" in reference to the school color, or as "Queensmen" in reference to the institution's first name, Queen's College.[3] In 1925, the mascot was changed to Chanticleer, a fighting rooster from the medieval fable Reynard the Fox (Le Roman de Renart) which was used by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales.[3] At the time, the student humour magazine at Rutgers was called Chanticleer, and one of its early arts editors, Ozzie Nelson (later of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet fame) was quarterback of the Rutgers team from 1924 to 1926.[18] The Chanticleer mascot was unveiled at a football game against Lafayette College, in which Lafayette was also introducing a new mascot, a leopard.[18] However, the choice of Chanticleer as a mascot was often the subject of ridicule because of its association with "being chicken."[19] In 1955, the mascot was changed to the Scarlet Knight after a campus-wide election, beating out other contenders such as "Queensmen", the "Scarlet", the "Red Lions", the "Redmen" and the "Flying Dutchmen."[3][20] Earlier proposed nicknames included "Pioneers" and "Cannoneers". When Harvey Harman, then coach of the football team, was asked why he supported changing the Rutgers mascot, he was quoted as saying, "You can call it the Chanticleer, you can call it a fighting ****, you can call it any damn thing you want, but everybody knows it's a chicken."[21] Harman later is said to have bought the first "Scarlet Knight" mascot costume for the 1955 season, which was to be his final season as football coach at Rutgers

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8 minutes ago, dmm53 said:

From the all-knowing (but often wrong) Wikipedia:

Rutgers University's school color is scarlet. Initially, students sought to make orange the school color, citing Rutgers' Dutch heritage and in reference to the Prince of Orange. The Daily Targum first proposed that scarlet be adopted in May 1869, claiming that it was a striking color and because scarlet ribbon was easily obtained. During the first intercollegiate football game with Princeton on November 6, 1869, the players from Rutgers wore scarlet-colored turbans and handkerchiefs to distinguish them as a team from the Princeton players.[3]The Board of Trustees officially made scarlet the school colors in 1900.[3]

In its early days, Rutgers athletes were known informally as "The Scarlet" in reference to the school color, or as "Queensmen" in reference to the institution's first name, Queen's College.[3] In 1925, the mascot was changed to Chanticleer, a fighting rooster from the medieval fable Reynard the Fox (Le Roman de Renart) which was used by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales.[3] At the time, the student humour magazine at Rutgers was called Chanticleer, and one of its early arts editors, Ozzie Nelson (later of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet fame) was quarterback of the Rutgers team from 1924 to 1926.[18] The Chanticleer mascot was unveiled at a football game against Lafayette College, in which Lafayette was also introducing a new mascot, a leopard.[18] However, the choice of Chanticleer as a mascot was often the subject of ridicule because of its association with "being chicken."[19] In 1955, the mascot was changed to the Scarlet Knight after a campus-wide election, beating out other contenders such as "Queensmen", the "Scarlet", the "Red Lions", the "Redmen" and the "Flying Dutchmen."[3][20] Earlier proposed nicknames included "Pioneers" and "Cannoneers". When Harvey Harman, then coach of the football team, was asked why he supported changing the Rutgers mascot, he was quoted as saying, "You can call it the Chanticleer, you can call it a fighting ****, you can call it any damn thing you want, but everybody knows it's a chicken."[21] Harman later is said to have bought the first "Scarlet Knight" mascot costume for the 1955 season, which was to be his final season as football coach at Rutgers

So they’ve changed the mascot, huh.  Maybe there is hope for changing the name after all

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3 hours ago, dmm53 said:

Is it any better or worse than the "Fighting Quakers" (U Penn), which has got to be some of kind interesting oxymoron?

 

Smedley Butler, one of only 2 Marines awarded the Medal of Honor for 2 separate actions, was definitely a Fighting Quaker.

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15 minutes ago, CholleyVandine said:

Rutgers has not won an NCAA team title in any sport since the student body adopted the Scarlet Knight mascot in that campus-wide election.

Elections do have consequences.

 

I've always hated mascots that have nothing whatsoever to do with the area in which the university is located. For example: elephants for the Alabama Crimson Tide? Yeah, I know the reference, but it's stupid as hell. LSU TIGERS??? TIGERS?? WTF do Tigers have to do with LSU? Sorry Mizzou, that counts toward you as well.

The Scarlet Knight is just flatout retarded. We need something to represent THE state university of NJ: RUTGERS.

How about a garbage dumpster? We could paint a smile on it.

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1 hour ago, TobusRex said:

I've always hated mascots that have nothing whatsoever to do with the area in which the university is located. For example: elephants for the Alabama Crimson Tide? Yeah, I know the reference, but it's stupid as hell. LSU TIGERS??? TIGERS?? WTF do Tigers have to do with LSU? Sorry Mizzou, that counts toward you as well.

The Scarlet Knight is just flatout retarded. We need something to represent THE state university of NJ: RUTGERS.

How about a garbage dumpster? We could paint a smile on it.

They really should've never changed from Queens College and the Queensmen, they were really ahead of the times, if only they'd hung on to it till the world caught up.  ;)

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2 hours ago, CholleyVandine said:

Rutgers has not won an NCAA team title in any sport since the student body adopted the Scarlet Knight mascot in that campus-wide election.

Elections do have consequences.

 

Before television, two World Wars.   After television, no World Wars.     (Post hoc ergo propter hoc.)

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33 minutes ago, Dr. Novak said:

And yet Pennsylvania is the Nittany Lions.  Are there any lions in Philadelphia?

Mountain lions? The game commission says no but I know several people who've seen them, my uncle included. A mountain lion was found on Mount Nittany (near State College) back in the day and the mascot was adopted from there. 

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