- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio college is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the origin of its mascot.

The University of Cincinnati links its Bearcat mascot to an Oct. 31, 1914, football game starring Leonard Baehr (rhymes with “bear”). Until then, the team was referred to as the “red and black,” ”the varsity” or other generic names.

Today’s Bearcats can gather Friday outside the university center for events including the Bearcat band, comments from school president Santa Ono (OH’-noh) and the board of trustees chairman, along with free treats and giveaways.

The school has also created a website tracing the mascot’s history.

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Online: www.uc.edu/bearcats


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