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Why Is Eastern Kentucky Called The Colonels?


Eastern Kentucky Colonels FCS Football
Eastern Kentucky Colonels FCS Football

Why Is Eastern Kentucky Called The Colonels?

EKU’s intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Colonels. Maroon has been the official color of Eastern athletics since the school was begun as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in 1906, and the school’s official team nickname was the “Maroons” from the start of intercollegiate competition in 1909–10 until 1963, when then-president Robert Martin changed the nickname to the “Colonels”

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