With that, allow me to introduce (in alphabetical order) the first member of the current Big West Conference: Cal Poly Mustangs.
Cal Poly (California Poly-technical Institute - San Luis Obispo)
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Colors: Green and Gold
Mascot: Musty the Mustang
Famous Alumni (my choice): Weird Al Yankovic
Cal Poly sits close to the Central California coast nearly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The Mustangs are known for their football team (currently in the Big Sky Conference), women's volleyball and men's soccer. Their main rivals are UC Davis Aggies (because of the Agricultural connection of both teams) and the football team plays for The Golden Horseshoe. A secondary rival has developed with the UCSB Gauchos for the planets sustainability, called the Blue-Green rivalry. This rivalry entails all sports, scoring one point for each team win, except for baseball and softball which gain 2 points.
Here's some more fun facts about Cal Poly:
- Weird Al earned his degree in architecture at Cal Poly right around the time he made it big with My Bologna (his first "hit").
- The numbers on Cal Poly's seal spells out "1901" in binary
- John Madden played football for Poly in the late 1950's
- Cal Poly has a sister polytechnic school: Cal Poly Pomona
And now you know a little about the Mustangs!
Next week: Cal State Fullerton