Thursday, March 16, 2006

Random (and pretty pointless, in some cases) facts about each school, from the Dayton Daily News

NCAA Tourney school facts
By the Dayton Daily News

Facts about the eight colleges that will be represented in first-round NCAA tournament action Friday at UD Arena (seeds in parentheses):

• At the school's 1870 founding, it was the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.
• The Athletic Council didn't officially adopt the nickname Buckeyes until 1950, although it had been used in connection with the school likely since the late 1800s. The nation became more aware of the term "buckeye" when Ohio resident William Henry Harrison adopted the buckeye tree and nuts as presidential campaign symbols.
• According to the 2005-06 budget, the school's income is $3.48 billion.

• The nation's first state university, located in Chapel Hill, UNC opened to students in 1795.
• The school's use of a ram as a mascot dates to 1924, when it was adopted in reference to UNC's popular offensive lineman, Jack Merrit, who was known on campus as the Battering Ram. The first ram was ordered from Texas for $25.
• It is believed the term Tar Heel goes back to the Civil War and references a group of North Carolinians staying to fight a battle while others retreated, as if they had tar on their heels to make them stick.

• The school's name honors Gen. William Lee Davidson, a local Revolutionary War-era soldier who died at the Battle of Cowan's Ford. His son donated the land for the Davidson, N.C., school.
• The college seal was designed by Peter Stuart Ney. It has been said that Ney was actually Napoleon's Marshal Ney, a soldier whom some believe staged his own execution in 1815 and moved to the United States.
• The Davidson student body was all male until 1972.
Source: University Web sites

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