What's in a name? Of the programs that play Division I college softball, more than 120 boast a unique nickname. You have the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Albany Great Danes, the Syracuse Orange, the Stanford Cardinal, and the Wichita State Shockers, just to name a few.
Along with the unique monikers across the softball landscape, there are some nicknames that are used frequently, adopted by a number of programs. In fact, a group of just fifty-one nicknames are shared across some 180 Division I programs. In this latest edition of our Top 10 Countdown, we went through all of Division I and found the most popular nicknames used by athletic departments.
One disclaimer: When compiling this list, we took a few liberties for the sake of generalization. For teams that use adjectives, particularly colors, in their nicknames, we classified them in the broader category of their monikers; for example, the Army "Black Knights" and Rutgers "Scarlet Knights" were included in the grouping of simply "Knights." To stay true to our stated purpose of finding the most frequently-used nicknames, we also took a general approach to categorization of teams like the Central Arkansas "Sugar Bears" (counted in the ranks of all Bears) and the Lehigh "Mountain Hawks" (counted in the ranks of all Hawks).
Now, without further adieu... the Top 10!
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