NC State Mascots, Colors, Team Names, and Symbols

NC State Mascots, Colors, Team Names, and Symbols


1892-1895 Pink and blue colors

The very earliest sports teams at NC State wore pink and blue, colors chosen by the literary societies.

1892-1910 No consistent name

There wasn't a consistent name for the sport teams during the early decades of the college. Names such as "Farmers and Mechanics," "Aggies," and "Techs" were used loosely.

9/1895 Brown and white colors

The Athletic Association approved brown and white as colors for the sports teams. Use of these colors was very short-lived.

11/1895 Red and white chosen

A majority of students chose red and white as colors for the sports teams. The colors changed a couple different times during the early years of the college. The faculty agreed to the adoption of red and white and stated that they could not be changed again without a vote of two-thirds of the student body. The colors have remained the same ever since.


1910 Basketball Team formed

Basketball, sponsored by the campus YMCA, began in the fall of 1910.


1921 Wolfpack nickname

The nickname "Wolfpack" was first used for an NC State athletic team. An alumnus wrote a letter published in the Feb. 1921 Alumni News suggesting the name "Wolf Pack" for NC State's football team. (Another legend indicates an unidentified newspaper published a letter in which someone complained that the football team was "unruly as a pack of wolves," but that story had not been substantiated.)

1925 Alma Mater Composed

Class of 1923 alumni Alvin M. Fountain and Bonnie Frank Norris composed the Alma Mater song.

1925 Red Terrors

By 1925, the basketball team was known as the "Red Terrors."


1946 Students vote to keep Wolfpack name

Chancellor J. W. Harrelson asked students to suggest a new name for the sports teams. He disliked the term Wolfpack because of connotations with World War II German U-boat formations. Student voted overwhelmingly, however, to keep the name.

1946 Mechanical Wolfpack mascot

Mechanical engineering student Ira Helms, Jr., created a robot-like Wolfpack mascot costume worn to football games during the 1946 season. One student wore the costume, while another walked behind with a "remote control" that appears to control the "robot's" movements.

1947 Wolfpack name becomes official

All NC State athletics teams adopt Wolfpack as the official name. Previously only the football team was called the Wolfpack, and other sports teams were called the Red Terrors and a variety of other names.

1947 Live wolf mascot

Students brought a live timber wolf to football games to roam the sidelines. UPI called the animal a "sniping and snarling bundle of fur." It was eventually sold to a traveling animal show.


1950-1959 Cheerleaders in wolf costume

During the 1950s, cheerleaders began to dress in a wolf costume at sports events.


10/8/1966 Live wolf mascot

Student government sold 25-cent shares to purchase a timber wolf, which was shown during the first game played at what became Carter-Finley Stadium. The animal howled, making it popular, but it was later discovered to be a coyote.

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1975 Female wolf mascot

After the introduction of women's athletics, costumes are created for a female version of the wolf mascot.


1981 Wolf mascots named Mr. and Ms. Wuf

The male mascot was named Mr. Wuf. One story has it that a student wearing the costume tried to have "Mr. Wolf" sewn on the jersey, but because there wasn't enough room it was shortened to "Mr. Wuf." Soon after the female version of the mascot was named "Ms. Wuf."

2/28/1981 Wolf mascots get married

Mr. Wuf and Ms. Wuf were married in a mock wedding ceremony by the Wake Forest Demon Deacon mascot during halftime of a Men's Basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum. The two were joined in "canis matrimonium," and Chancellor Joab Thomas gave the bride away.

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2010 Mascot Tuffy

A Tamaskan dog named Tuffy became the new live mascot. This breed of dog resembles the wolf-like Siberian husky.