Rhode Island Rams

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Rhode Island Rams
Logo
University University of Rhode Island
Conferences Atlantic 10 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Thorr Bjorn
Location Kingston, RI
Varsity teams 18 (8 men's, 10 women's)
Football stadium Meade Stadium
Basketball arena Ryan Center
Baseball stadium Bill Beck Field
Soccer stadium URI Soccer Complex
Other arenas Keaney Gymnasium
Mascot Rhody the Ram
Nickname Rams
Fight song "Rhode Island Born"
Colors
     Keaney blue       White       Navy blue[1]
Homepage Go Rhody

The Rhode Island Rams are the athletic programs of the University of Rhode Island, based in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA. The Rams compete in the NCAA's Division I as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The football team, however, competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, as the A-10 does not sponsor football.[2] The program's athletic director is Thorr Bjorn.[3]

The school's colors are light blue (officially referred to as "Keaney blue"), white, and navy blue.[2] The school's mascot is Rhody the Ram. It was chosen in 1923 as tribute to the school's agricultural history, making its first appearance in 1929. The school has not used a live ram since the introduction of "Rhody," a student in an anthropomorphic ram costume, in 1974.[4]

Teams[edit]

The University of Rhode Island sponsors teams in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[5]

Men's basketball[edit]

URI Basketball has not reached the NCAA tournament since 1999,[6] but in the 1990s the Rams made the Big Dance in 1997,[7] 1998,[8] and 1999.[9] In 1998, the Rams went on a surprise run to the Elite 8.[10]

Football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

The Rams baseball program played its first season in 1898. It plays at Bill Beck Field on campus. In 2005, under head coach Frank Leoni, the program reached its first NCAA Tournament.[11][12]

Facilities[edit]

Source:[13]

Sport Facility
Baseball Bill Beck Field
Basketball Ryan Center
Cross Country -
Football Meade Stadium
Golf -
Rowing URI Campanella Rowing Center
Soccer URI Soccer Complex
Softball URI Softball Complex
Swimming & Diving Tootell Aquatics Center
Tennis URI Tennis Courts
Indoor Track Mackal Fieldhouse
Outdoor Track -
Volleyball Keaney Gymnasium

Similarities to the North Carolina Tar Heels[edit]

There are several similarities between the Rhode Island Rams and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The schools share nearly identical colors, though Carolina Blue is slightly lighter than Keaney Blue. Both have rams as mascots, though for different reasons: URI chose the mascot as a homage to URI's agricultural heritage, while Rameses was chosen as a homage to Jack Merritt, the "Battering Ram." Finally, the songs "I'm A Tar Heel Born" and "Rhode Island Born" are nearly identical, with "A Tar Heel" replacing "Rhode Island" in the first half of the song, and "Car'lina-lina" replacing "Go Rhode Island" in the second half."

Sportscasts[edit]

Home games for Football, Baseball, Men's (and select Women's) Basketball, as well as the school's ACHA Men's Ice Hockey team, can be heard on the University's student radio station WRIU. Other sports, including Men's and Women's Soccer, Softball, Women's Ice Hockey and select Women's Basketball games are carried on WRIU's online station RIU2.[14]

Club sports[edit]

The University of Rhode Island Club Sports program consists of 15 competitive, collegiate club teams. Each team is organized and managed by students with guidance from the Coordinator of Club Sports. They include Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Roller Hockey, Rowing, Sailing, Rugby, Swimming, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Ultimate and Equestrian. The Ice Hockey team competes in Division I of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

Mascot[edit]

Rhody the Ram
University University of Rhode Island
Conference A-10
Description Anthropomorphic ram
First seen 1929

Rhody the Ram is the official mascot of the University of Rhode Island. His mascot status was given on March 8, 1923, and he made his first appearance on November 21, 1929. At one time a real ram was housed at a dairy barn across from the campus, but that stopped in the 1960s, and was picked up for one year in 1974. Unlike other popular universities, the Rhody the Ram mascot program is run by the URI Student Alumni Association, a student run organization that serves the university by organizing many popular events on campus.[15][16]

Controversial incidents[edit]

February 3, 1998 - Rhody the Ram tried to prevent the St. Joe's Hawk from his eternal flapping by putting an inner tube over its head, temporarily immobilizing his arms. While trying to remove the tube, the Hawk's head (costume) fell off. The incident was televised and repeated on ESPN.[17]

December 2, 2006 - Rhody the Ram was assaulted by a fan at the Dunkin Donuts Center during halftime of the annual URI-Providence College game, a fierce in-state rivalry. The assailant was never found, but Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert has claimed responsibility for the attack.[citation needed] The Ram was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, making this another incident in the long and sometimes ugly rivalry between the two teams.[18][not in citation given]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "University of Rhode Island". NCAA. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "From the Desk of Thorr Bjorn". Go Rhody. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Peregolise, Adam (September 18, 2003). "Legend Of The Ram". Go Rhody. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.gorhody.com/
  6. ^ Ryder, Kevin. "Rhode Island Rams Finally Show They're an NCAA Tournament Team". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "1997 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Database Sports. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "1998 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Database Sports. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "1999 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Database Sports. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "End of the Rhode: Stanford makes up 6 points in 59 seconds, shocks URI". CNN/SI. March 22, 1998. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "2005 Rhode Island Rams Baseball Media Guide". Rhode Island Sports Information. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tribe Head Baseball Coach Frank Leoni Inducted into Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame". TribeAthletics.com. William & Mary Sports Information. 2 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "URI Athletics - Facilities". Go Rhody. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sports Programming". WRIU. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rhody The Ram". urisaa.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  16. ^ "Rhody the Ram celebrates 88th birthday". ramcigar.com. April 8, 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  17. ^ "Rhody the Ram v. The Hawk". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  18. ^ Rhode Island news | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal