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Old 05-25-2016, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Which universities can break the rules in the name game are allowed to be listed by their preferred names? There is a standard way that universities are listed in the media, but some schools do get a pass on it.

If that is unclear, let me explain....

Penn State...Pennsylvania State is never used
LSU....this alone of the schools named _____ State University is always known by its initials
Ole Miss....Mississippi is not the accepted name for the school

In comparison....unlike Ole Miss, schools that informally call themselves Cal, Mizzou, K-State, and Bama are still California, Missouri, Kansas State,and Alabama officially (and respectively).

Only LSU is always used.....there is no official ASU, FSU, MSU, etc.

Private schools with three initials are allowed to go by those now (wasn't always the case)....as in SMU, TCU, and BYU.

Unless I'm mistaken, the only school of the University of ______ @ ______ variety that is always allowed to go by its initials is UCLA. You will never see California-Los Angeles (or UC Los Angeles) while Nevada-Las Vegas and Alabama-Birmingham are still sometimes used.

Am I right about the above observations? What other schools are also allowed to bend the rules.
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:12 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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Which universities can break the rules in the name game are allowed to be listed by their preferred names? There is a standard way that universities are listed in the media, but some schools do get a pass on it.

If that is unclear, let me explain....

Penn State...Pennsylvania State is never used
LSU....this alone of the schools named _____ State University is always known by its initials
Ole Miss....Mississippi is not the accepted name for the school

In comparison....unlike Ole Miss, schools that informally call themselves Cal, Mizzou, K-State, and Bama are still California, Missouri, Kansas State,and Alabama officially (and respectively).

Only LSU is always used.....there is no official ASU, FSU, MSU, etc.

Private schools with three initials are allowed to go by those now (wasn't always the case)....as in SMU, TCU, and BYU.

Unless I'm mistaken, the only school of the University of ______ @ ______ variety that is always allowed to go by its initials is UCLA. You will never see California-Los Angeles (or UC Los Angeles) while Nevada-Las Vegas and Alabama-Birmingham are still sometimes used.

Am I right about the above observations? What other schools are also allowed to bend the rules.
I'm not aware of any hard-fast rule here. Can you provide a link which will verify this "rule"?
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Old 05-25-2016, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm not aware of any hard-fast rule here. Can you provide a link which will verify this "rule"?
mainly going on how the print and electronic media list them.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Well, Texas A$M fans always refer to the University of Texas as "tu". lol
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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"Pitt" is used over University of Pittsburgh.

"UMass" is used over University of Massachusetts.

"USF" is often used over University of South Florida, although I've also seen and heard "South Florida". I suppose the same could be said for "UCF"

Although commentators rarely say "WVU" it is used in articles and scores scrolls on ESPN to shorten West Virginia up.
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:23 PM
 
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Those in Texas call University of Texas, UT
Texas A&M, TAMU can be used or just "A&M"
Texas Tech is almost always called "Tech"

For The University of Alabama Birmingham, UAB is very common, never heard anyone call it "Alabama-Birmingham"

I've heard SMU and TCU used for years.

Same for FSU for Florida State and UF for the University of Florida.
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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No rule, just convention. But while we are on the subject, Ohio State University is commonly referred to as OSU even though there are other 'OSU's' and Oklahoma is very commonly referred to by print and broadcast media as OU.


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Old 06-01-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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Connecticut is rarely used. It's almost always UConn in media mentions. Even on the unis.

And up and comer New Jersey Institute of Technology is rarely mentioned by name. It's simply NJIT.

I think that's true to some degree with most tech schools like RPI and CMU. Even Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are significantly shortened from their "official" names.
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Old 06-13-2016, 05:03 AM
 
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Virginia Tech..
Yeah, once upon a time Virginia Tech was routinely referred to as VPI (Virginia Polytechnic Institute, which is part of it's official name), but that's rarely used anymore, & never in the sports realm.

Staying in Virginia, I'd say UVa is kind of unique titling. You don't see University of Illinois, University of Washington, University of Michigan referred to as UIl, UWa, UMi, etc.
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:35 AM
 
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Miami is just called The U.
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