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The 25 Coolest Uniform Combos of the 2011 College Football Season

In 1925, the university held a contest to determine the new name of the MSU sports teams.    The name chosen was the unimaginative "Michigan Staters."    A local sportswriter was not happy with this title, so he took matters into his own hands, taking one of the other options, "Spartans," and using it in game recaps and eventually, headlines.    Nobody complained, so it hung around and remains to this day.

How the Top 50 College Football Programs Got Their Nicknames

In 1925, the university held a contest to determine the new name of the MSU sports teams. The name chosen was the unimaginative "Michigan Staters." A local sportswriter was not happy with this title, so he took matters into his own hands, taking one of the other options, "Spartans," and using it in game recaps and eventually, headlines. Nobody complained, so it hung around and remains to this day.

msu football - I live a stone's throw from campus and have yet to see a game!  Ugh, need to get on this!

msu football - I live a stone's throw from campus and have yet to see a game! Ugh, need to get on this!

Adreian Payne #5 - College Slam Dunk. Michigan State Spartans basketball - Big 10 Champs!  Go MSU!

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Adreian Payne #5 - College Slam Dunk. Michigan State Spartans basketball - Big 10 Champs! Go MSU!

Sparty, the mascot of the Michigan State Spartans.  Click through for other college mascots too.

Sparty, the mascot of the Michigan State Spartans. Click through for other college mascots too.

Zeke guarding the original Sparty Statue at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Zeke guarding the original Sparty Statue at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Earvin "Magic" Johnson gives the thumbs up during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Michigan State Spartans and the Virginia Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Earvin "Magic" Johnson gives the thumbs up during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Michigan State Spartans and the Virginia Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)