Big Red (University of Arkansas)

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Big Red
Big Red poses with cheerleaders.jpg
Big Red poses with Razorback cheerleaders, 2012
University University of Arkansas
Conference SEC
Description Anthropomorphic razorback hog
First seen 1960s (live mascot)
Related mascot(s) Tusk, Sue E., Pork Chop, Boss Hog

Big Red is the costumed male mascot of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The mascot is modeled after the wild razorback hog.

History[edit]

In the early twentieth century, wild razorback hogs were a common sight in rural Arkansas. After the team's fifth straight victory, over LSU in Memphis, to open the 1909 football season, coach Hugo Bezdek told a group of fans at the train station upon their return that the team played "like a wild band of razorback hogs." [1] The name stuck, and "Razorbacks" replaced "Cardinals" (still the school color) as the school's nickname. Since the 1960s, live mascots have been kept, the current one being Tusk, a Russian boar which resembles the old razorback hogs; previously, the live mascots were also called "Big Red".

Big Red and Sue E. during a Razorback football game.

There are currently four costumed mascots serving the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. "Big Red" is the original mascot, also nicknamed "the Fighting Razorback." A female mascot, "Sue E.," serves at all women's events, and is known for her dancing skills and costume changes. There is a child-sized mascot named "Pork Chop," popular with younger fans. And, since 1999, "Boss Hog" (named for the character from "The Dukes of Hazard") has served as a 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) inflatable mascot.

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