USF's logo isn't the only iconic image that has evolved over the years.
By Penny Carnathan ‘82, Life Member
USF’s logo isn’t the only iconic university image that’s been nipped, tucked and tweaked over the years. Beloved mascot Rocky D. Bull has also changed with the times.
He started life as a Golden Brahman in 1962. Realizing USF needed a mascot to engrave on its first class rings, the student government put the matter to a vote of all its 2,000-plus constituents. The Golden Brahma came in second to the Buccaneers, but the naming committee nixed the Bucs, believing another Florida school had already claimed it. So Golden Brahma we were. But not for long!
When committee members learned the other school was actually the Pirates, they decided we would, indeed, become swaggering Buccaneers. Alas, their ruling sparked great discord! The issue again was put to a vote, Bucs vs. Brahmas, and we again became Golden Brahmas. That is, until a local newspaper reporter pointed out that a Brahma is a chicken breed.
With the addition of an “n” a Golden Brahman – ultimately, our Bull – was born.