Stephen F. Austin State University
Named for the forestry industry that surrounds the school, the SFA State Lumberjacks (and Ladyjacks) have built some strong traditions in their relatively short heritage (the school was founded in 1923). The biggest of these traditions is, quite literally, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry game between SFA State and Northwestern State. Considered the “biggest trophy in all of college sports,” Chief Caddo, as it’s called, is a seven-and-a-half-foot, 330-pound statue that was carved from a single 2,000-pound gum tree in the early 1960s. The winner claims possession of the trophy until the following year.
Top Rivals:
Sam Houston State University, Northwestern State University
Style Facts:
One of SFA’s newer traditions is called the Burn Shirt program. Students are encouraged to bring in any shirts that are branded with logos and names of other universities, and trade them for SFA T-shirts. The donated shirts are called Burn Shirts because in the early days of the tradition, this apparel was incinerated in a huge bonfire during a spirit rally. Today, the unwanted gear is donated to local shelters and charitable organizations.