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80 of students participating in sports for three different levels: the university team (the best college players have to prove in the team), “club” (an informal team that plays with other universities without record) and ” intramural “(several teams formed among friends, clubs, or homes that compete with one another within the university). There are 23 sports officially recognized by the university, more than 40 teams of “club” and 18 sports that are played within the university.
Colgate is participating in the NCAA Division I in all sports except football, which participates in Division I-AA. The teams are called the ‘Raiders,’ and dressed in maroon, white and gray. Colgate plays at the conference of the Patriot League.
In much of its history, the teams were called the ‘Red Raiders’ (The Red Raiders). It questions the origin of the name: on the one hand, it is said that the word comes from the colors of the university (maroon), on the other hand, believes that concerns the team’s ability to beat its biggest rival, the ‘ Great Red ‘Cornell. However, the Native American mascot reflects a third possibility. In 1970, the administration had discussed a change of name and mascot due to the fact that they were offensive to Native Americans. It became the name, but just the mascot of an Indian carrying a torch. In 2001, a group of students presented the case that the name “Red Raiders” still implied an insult to Native Americans. The university agreed to drop the title ‘Red’ began in the fall of 2001. We present a new mascot in 2006.
In 1989-90, Colgate University was the smallest in the history of NCAA Division I reach the final game of ice hockey, which lost to the University of Wisconsin. Parke-Davis was the first football team in Division I classification in 1875 and 1932. Colgate began playing in Division I-AA in 1982 and reached the play-offs in 1982, 1983, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005.
In the 2003 season for the first time, Colgate reached the final match of the Division I-AA, which lost to the University of Delaware. His record was 15-1. At that time, won more games consecutively in the history of the division.
The Syracuse and Cornell Universities are common rival in all sports, but does not compete against Colgate at Syracuse football, golf, or hockey. The hockey game against Cornell is one of the biggest events of the year, students formed a line to get tickets for many hours before the game starts. After the game, students who come to Cornell (as it is two hours by car) cast tubes of Colgate toothpaste “in mocking the name shared with Colgate-Palmolive ‘on the ice while students throw packages of Colgate gum ‘Big Red,’ to make fun of the mascot of Cornell.

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