Origin of West Virginia Moutaineers Team Nickname
The West Virginia Mountaineers is the name of the university’s athletic teams. The Mountaineers nickname was coined in 1905 created after West Virginia’s state motto, “Mountaineers are Always Free.” Before 1905 the team was known as the “Snakes.”
West Virginia Moutaineers Mascot The Mountaineer
A new Mountaineer is selected each year and given the formal title “The Mountaineer of West Virginia University.” The mascot appeared during the 1934–35 school year.
The costumed Mountaineer is chosen every year by the Mountain Honorary, a group of West Virginia University’s senior class members. Each buckskin costunme is tailored to fit each selectee. Male Mountaineers grow beards during their tenure. The mascot is modeled after the Mountaineer bronze statute located in front of the Mountainlair student union building on the WVU campus.
Each new Mountaineer receives a scholarship, a tailor-made buckskin suit with coonskin hat, and a rifle and powder horn.
During football games, the Mountaineer mascot will fire up the fans by firing his musket when the team enters the field, at the conclusion of each quarter and following every score. The Mountaineer also appears at West Virginia Mountaineers football and men’s and women’s basketball matches and at other events.
The musket toted by West Virginia University’s Mountaineer is the real deal. Mascot Jonathan Kimble prooved this when he brought down a black bear with in 2012.
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