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Archie Holiday Bear
Give the gift of Archie this holiday season! Soft and cuddly, and featuring IDAHO VANDALS on a cute santa-inspired sweater.
2021528
Price: $18.99
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BABY BEAR STITCHED EYE
BABY BEAR STITCHED EYE
2022716
Price: $22.99
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BEAR CHEERLEADING 10" IDAHO VANDALS
Classic 10" Chelsea teddy bear wearing a two piece black and white cheerleader outfit with a gold Idaho screen-print on the front. 100% polyester and PVC pellets.
2007770
Price: $29.99
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BEAR LETTERMAN JACKET IDAHO VANDALS
Classic Chelsea teddy bear wearing a Letterman's black and gold jacket with real snaps and embroidered I on the front. His paws are real leather too. 100% polyester and PVC pellets.
2007771
Price: $29.99
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ELLIOT THE BEAR BOWTIE
ELLIOT THE BEAR BOWTIE
2019795
Price: $24.99
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JOE VANDAL MASCOT PLUSH DOLL

Ten inch tall Joe Vandal doll wearing Idaho Vandals t-shirt.

How the University of Idaho Became the Vandals

Idaho's student-athletes go by a name earned nearly a century ago by a basketball team coached by Hec Edmundson, whose teams played defense with such intensity and ferocity that sports writers said they "vandalized" their opponents.

The mark made by that 1917 team went far deeper than wins and losses on the court. In 1917, Harry Lloyd "Jazz" McCarty – a writer for the student newspaper, the Argonaut – subtly tagged the team with a new nickname in a pregame write-up: "The opening game with Whitman will mark a new epoch in Idaho basketball history, for the present gang of 'Vandals' have the best material that has ever carried the 'I' into action." McCarty's indirect suggestion stuck.

By 1921, McCarty and Edward Maslin Hulme, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, succeeded in their push to have Vandals officially adopted as the nickname for Idaho teams.

Another interesting historical note is Coach Edmundson's roots. He was from Moscow and made a name for himself at Idaho as one of the nation's top distance runners. He eventually left Idaho to coach at the University of Washington where the Huskies played basketball in the building bearing his name – Edmundson Pavilion.

Joe Vandal's bio, his ancestors, and family history:

A member of a fierce Germanic people that overran Gaul, Spain, and Northern Africa in the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. and sacked Rome in 455.


2000836
Price: $14.95
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