Wilbur Wildcat

Wilbur Wildcat
UA Mascot

The UA hired J.F. "Pop" McKale in 1914 as Athletic Director and coach of all UA sports and his first football team made history. At a game against Occidental, an LA Times reporter wrote, "The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats….." The name stuck.

In 1915 UA students met the University's first mascot – a real desert bobcat, named Rufus Arizona after the UA president Rufus vonKleinSmid. The practice of using a live animal as a mascot was discontinued in the mid-1960s. The first costumed-student mascot, "Wilbur" appeared during the 1959 football season and was an instant hit.

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