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The nickname Cowboys was used as early as 1891 when a true cowboy assisted the Wyoming football team against a team from Cheyenne, Wyoming. One of the Cheyenne players allegedly yelled "Hey, look at that cowboy," and the name stuck.Wyoming Cowboys is the name given to the sports teams of the University of Wyoming. The University is a member of the Mountain West Conference and competes in NCAA Division I, fielding 15 varsity teams. Wrestling is the only varsity sport that is not a member of the Mountain West Conference. It competes in the Western Wrestling Conference. The logo that adorns uniforms of the athletes is one of the most distinctive in the nation. The football helmets were chosen as the third best logo helmet. On October 12, 2006 Tom Burman was named the University's athletic director.

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Wyoming is somewhat unique in that there are two mascots for the school - "Cowboy Joe" and "Pistol Pete". The athletic teams are cheered on by the school song "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" and the fight song "Fight, Wyoming, Fight". Men's athletic teams are known as "Cowboys" and women's teams are called "Cowgirls". Teams of either gender are also referred to as "Pokes", short for Cowpokes.
Football began in 1893 at UW, and games were played against local high schools and Front Range colleges. War Memorial Stadium was built in 1950 with an original capacity of 20,000 fans. The stadium sits at 7,200 feet above sea level, and is the highest Division I football stadium in the United States. Currently the "War" holds 32,580 rowdy fans. The Wyoming Cowboys have two teams that are considered rivals. Wyoming and Colorado State meet annually in the Border War; the winner receives the Bronze Boot trophy. Brigham Young University is also considered a rival. Fans in western Wyoming tend to believe that BYU is the biggest rival, while fans in the rest of the state believe it is CSU. In 2004, the Cowboy football team ended a 38-year streak of Bowl Game losses by defeating the University of California in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 23, 2004.
The Cowboy Men's and Women's Cross Country teams have had notable success over the years. In 2001 the team tragically lost 8 runners in an accident involving another Wyoming student Clinton Haskins. Wyoming's Men's Basketball team has also had its share of success. In 1943 it defeated Georgetown University 46-34 to win the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.The Women's Basketball team hosted and won the 2006-2007 WNIT (Women's National Invitation Tournament) after not receiving a bid in the 2006-2007 NCAA Tournament. They finished second among Division I institutions with one of the largest increases from the previous season. They also finished 22nd among NCAA Attendance leaders, averaging 8,757 fans a game.
University of Wyoming athletics has also been represented on the Olympic stage by swim sensation Scott Usher. Usher was a member of the University of Wyoming Men's Swimming and Diving team from 2000 to 2004 as a 5-time NCAA All-American and six time Mountain West Conference individual champion and record holder. In 2004 he qualified for the Athens Olympic Games in the 200 breast stroke and missed qualifying in the 100 breast stroke by .29 of a second. At the Athens Olympics, the Nebraska native swam to an impressive 7th place finish in the 200 breast stroke. He is currently a U.S. national team member and was recently named to the 2007 U.S. World Championship Team.
Although technically UW Rugby is a club sport, founded in 1972, it has consistently been one of the more successful programs at Wyoming. The team competes in Division I and is a member of the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (ERRFU) along with Colorado State, Colorado, and Air Force. While UW rugby is a club sport, it competes against scholarship teams such as New Mexico. The team regularly makes it the national tournament. In 2000, they were runner-ups to the University of California at Berkeley. In 1991 and 2002, they placed fourth in the nation.
Wyoming's fight song is Ragtime Cowboy Joe. In football, the fight song is sung throughout the game including when the team runs on the field, at kickoff, and after a touchdown. A cannon in the north end zone fires every time a point is scored. When the football teams runs from the RAC locker room to Jonah Field, they touch the Steamboat bronze statue for good luck.

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