History of the Razorback

From 1894, when University of Arkansas football began, until 1910 the university’s mascot was the cardinal, chosen because the school color was Cardinal Red.

While addressing a large group of students after returning from a 16-0 victory over Louisiana State on November 13, 1909, Coach Bezdek informed the crowd that his team had performed not like football players but “like a wild band of Razorback hogs.” In 1910 the student body voted to change the official university mascot from the Cardinal to the Razorback.

The university has a family of uniformed mascots. Big Red, the “Fighting Razorback,” is the traditional mascot for the university and represents the intimidating fighting spirit of the Razorbacks at all athletic events. Sue E is the female hog and is famous for her costume changes and dancing ability. Sue E and Pork Chop, the “kid-sized” mascot, are very popular with the younger fans and can be seen at all athletic events. Boss Hog, a nine-foot inflatable mascot, joined the mascot family during the 1998-99 football season.