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Cy the Cardinal
Cy the Cardinal 2018 Big 12 Media Days
University Iowa State University
Conference Big 12
Description Cyclones
First seen 1954 [1]
File:Cy the Cardinal logo.svg

Cy logo

Cy the Cardinal is the mascot of Iowa State University's sports teams.

Origin of Cy

Since a cyclone was difficult to depict in costume, a cardinal was selected from the cardinal and gold of the official school colors. A cardinal-like bird was introduced at the 1954 homecoming pep rally. A contest was conducted to select a name for the mascot, and the winning entry of Cy was submitted by 17 people. The first to submit the name, Mrs. Wilma[2] Ohlsen, won a cardinal and gold stadium blanket.


Cy has won two national mascot challenges since 2007; the CBS Sportsline Most Dominant College Mascot on Earth in 2007,[3] and the CapitalOne Bowl National Mascot of the Year in 2008.[4]

See also

  • List of U.S. college mascots


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