Athletic Traditions & Trivia
Imagine when students first cheered on their fellow students in Track and Baseball in the 1890s, they raised banners and flags of…salmon pink and white! With such a long athletic history, ISU sports have had several traditions that have come, and sometimes gone. Not only has ISU’s name changed from Indiana State Normal School to Indiana State University, but so too have the schools colors, the school song, and even the homecoming game. From salmon pink and white to blue and white, to the introduction of “March On! Sycamores!,” and from the annual Homecoming Basketball game to the Homecoming Football game, Indiana State is no stranger to change. Yet some traditions have not changed, but faded away. The rivalry between Ball State and ISU led to the victory bell tradition, whereby the winning school kept a Blue Key donated bell until the next game. Another long-held tradition no more, was the “I” Men and Women. Originally “N” for Normal, the “I” was given to men who won a varsity letter in Football, Baseball, Track, Tennis, Basketball, or Golf who supported ISU athletics. As early Women’s athletics were tied to physical education classes, women gained the “I” for 240 hours of participation in 10 physical educational activities. Whether the tradition stayed, went away, or changed, Indiana State has a long rich, athletic history.