The University of Illinois Springfield has laid out the various options for its team name in the future. The school’s sports teams have been called the Prairie Stars since 1977, in the days when the school was called Sangamon State University.
But now the Student Government Association is exploring the possibility of a change.
Students, staff and alumni are being asked to choose among keeping the Prairie Stars name, or shortening it to “Stars,” or choosing one of four new options.
The State Journal-Register reports the new contenders are Mammoths, Stampede, Sabers or Springers… named for a type of spaniel, not the notorious talk show host. A final recommendation will be submitted early next year.