ASU's Wolves Shall be "Red"

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas State University's Board of Trustees met this morning via teleconference, and Jonesboro campus chancellor Robert Potts used the occasion to reveal that he has decided the university's future athletic teams will be known as the Red Wolves.

Last month, the ASU Mascot Steering Committee signed off on the recommendation to change the mascot from Indians to Wolves, giving Potts the option of adding Red to the moniker if he chose.

The university's athletic teams will still be known as the Indians, as they have for the past 77 years, through the end of the spring sports season, and will become the Red Wolves next fall, with the beginning of the new academic year.

The Red Wolf moniker comes from the Red Wolf, a rare species of wolf that is considered endangered and is federally protected.  Before the animal's numbers began shrinking, Crowley's Ridge was one of its natural habitats.