There aren't many ways for lesser-known D1 schools to jump onto the national stage. And though many institutions don't need the national stage to continue thriving, additional exposure can only help increase their enrollment, applications, endowment and overall opportunities for students, student-athletes, staff, faculty and alums.
One smaller, controllable way to get the attention of random folks across the country is cosmetic improvements, such as nickname, uniforms or logo. And as the arms race continues its unrelenting path, many schools have drawn attention with their logos.
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Here are eight schools that do not get enough attention for their fantastic logos.
The origin of the Camels nickname at Campbell University is fascinating, and they remain the only D1 school with the name.
The school introduced their current logo in 2008, combining the previous two logos — one that featured a black 'C' with an unimposing, bumbling orange camel and one with an orange 'C' and more ferocious camel head.
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, has used some variation of the words 'The Citadel' and a bulldog mascot for decades. Fourteen other D1 basketball programs share Bulldogs and a similar angry bulldog logo, but The Citadel has managed to create something different and underrated.
There's nothing particularly amazing about George Washington's logo they introduced in 2009. However, it's surprising how few people know that their two-letter logo includes the Washington Monument in the 'W'.
Murray State already had one of the more unique logos in college sports from 2000-13 with their simple 'M' racer design. But somehow they managed to make it even better with bolder lines and more navy blue and yellow in 2013. Racers, instituted in 1961, is also one of the better names in all of sports.
Between 2009-12, New Orleans was approved to move from D1 to D3 before opting to move to D2 instead. However, it never happened and the Privateers remained in D1 and joined the Southland Conference. After staying put, they also created a new logo.
Although both Northern Colorado's 2010 and 2015 redesigns resulted in logos similar to those of the Memphis Grizzlies, they were both still very good logos, especially the latter, which is currently in use.
The navy blue and gold color scheme and simple concept make it loveable and adequately different.
Rice deserves a huge hat tip.
This week, the Owls unveiled new logos, lettering and other items as part of their two-year rebranding project. Though the new design is gorgeous, fans should be ecstatic they kept the Old English 'R'.
Saint Peter's was ahead of curve.
Their current logo was introduced in 2012 but it was only a slight variation of one they used from 2003-11. The bold colors, thick lettering and complex design helped set the stage for more than a dozen new logos over the last decade that follow a similar scheme.