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Why Is Illinois State Called The Redbirds?


Illinois State Redbirds

Why Is Illinois State Called The Redbirds?

“Pop” Horton and the Daily Pantagraph sports editor Fred Young collaborated to change the university’s nickname from “Teachers.” Horton wanted “Cardinals” because the colors were cardinal and white (set in 1895–96). Young changed the nickname to “Red Birds” to avoid confusion in the headlines with other teams.

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