With the exciting news that Carroll Community College was going to begin offering intercollegiate athletics for the first time by the start of the fall 2019 semester came another tidbit: The college also needs to pick a mascot/team nickname.

But, it turns out, Carroll Community may already have one. Back in 1992, when the college was seeking to establish its independence from Catonsville Community College, it decided to conduct a vote to choose a mascot and school colors.


As reported by the Times in May 1992, it was the Bulldog that was chosen as the mascot, winning "handily with 217 votes over the Cougars' 165, the Huskies' 105 and the Haymakers' 62." Of course, the student body also chose a color scheme of cranberry and forest green as the schools' colors, beating out the combinations of purple and white, purple and gold, and green and white.

Students immediately started a petition against the odd color choices, which then-student government Vice President Bonnie McGrew opined were popular decorating colors at the moment. I couldn't find how long that color scheme actually lasted — the college's official logo and marketing materials these days are a slick blue, black and white — but the Bulldog was still being used in some capacity up until somewhat recently.

For at least a few years, beginning in 1995, the Carroll Community College Foundation gave a Bulldog Award to the graduate who represented the tenacity of the college mascot. Before the Canteen Café, it was the Bulldog Café when it opened in 1999. And as recently as 2011, an article in The Quill, the college's newspaper, makes reference to the Student Government Organization debating whether to spend $11,000 on an outside company to develop a bulldog logo (spoiler alert: they didn't). The article ends with someone, presumably an SGO member, stating, "The bulldog is dead."

Could now be the time for it to be resurrected? The bulldog is already a fairly popular mascot among larger college sports programs, notably the University of Georgia as well as Yale University. It's also the mascot for the United States Marine Corps. The bulldog has become synonymous with persistence, perseverance, grit and determination. Those are great characteristics to have — in both sports and academics.

Of course, the addition of intercollegiate athletics, coupled with the college's 25th anniversary as an independent university next year, school leaders could use this as an opportunity to create a new symbol for Carroll Community College.

Here are a few thoughts:

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First, a few names that should be out: Owls, Falcons, Knights, Lions, Eagles, Cavaliers, Mavericks and Panthers. Let's not confuse the college's mascot with that of any of the local high schools. Besides, several of those names are already taken by a few of the 16 other Maryland community colleges in the MD JUCO Athletic Association; the Baltimore Panthers, Dundalk Lions, Essex Knights and Cecil Eagles, while two — Harford and Prince George's — lay claim to the Owls. Hawks, already used by three other community colleges in Maryland, should also be out. Cougars, the runner-up to Bulldogs in the 1990s, is the mascot of neighboring Frederick Community College, so that should probably be out too.

Huskies, the third-runner up, would actually look pretty sweet with the current blue, white and black color scheme (nothing would look good in cranberry and forest green) but doesn't really have anything to do with Carroll County.

And as it is a community college, the mascot and team nickname should likely reflect the community. So what do you think of when you think of Carroll County?

Agriculture, of course, is one of the first things that leaps to mind. That's likely where the fourth-runner up in the 90s contest, the Haymakers, came from. The Aggies is a popular nickname for colleges that have a rich farming history — Texas A&M for example — but Carroll Community College doesn't have an agricultural curriculum.

While often not used with the best of intentions, cows are frequently associated with Carroll County. While the Carroll Cows gets points for alliteration, it's pretty lame as a mascot. Perhaps a derivative, such as the more intimidating Longhorns or the Bulls — which gives a nice tip of the cap to the Bulldogs of the past — is a possibility.

The next thing that comes to mind when thinking about Carroll County, though, is its residents' pride in our country. Named after one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (Charles Carroll), the birthplace of the man who penned the national anthem (Francis Scott Key) and home to one of the longest running Memorial Day celebrations in the country, what about the Carroll Patriots?

Or, since residents seem to have great interest in the Civil War and the county's role in it, perhaps choose the Chargers, after the most famous Civil War skirmish to occur here — Corbit's Charge.

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Wayne Carter is the editor of the Carroll County Times. Reach him at wayne.carter@carrollcountytimes.com.