The Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The student body voted to change the name of the school mascot (originally the Cardinals) in 1910 to the Arkansas Razorbacks after a hard fought battle against LSU in which they were said to play like a “wild band of Razorback hogs” by former coach Hugo Bezdek. The current live mascot for the University of Arkansas is a 400 pound Russian boar named Tusk IV, a direct descendant of Tusk I.
Tusk currently resides with the Stokes family from Dardanelle, Arkansas and makes the two-hour trek to every Razorback football game. He occupies a 9,000 square foot indoor facility and a 7,000 square foot fenced outdoor area just outside Dardanelle. He uses the indoor facility to escape the heat and sun, and the outdoor facility provides him with the opportunity to slop in several mud holes. One of the first things that Tusk does each day is to go straight to his mud hole for a mud bath. Since Razorbacks are extremely muscular and have very little body fat, the mud keeps him cooler throughout the day and protects him from the sun and insects. Before any official functions he must attend, Tusk is given a shampoo and wash to make sure he looks his best for the public.
There are a number of costumed mascots for Arkansas that attend most major sporting events. Big Red is the traditional mascot, Sue E. is the female hog – famous for her costume changes and dancing ability – and Pork Chop is the kid mascot. Boss Hog, a nine-foot inflatable mascot, joined the mascot family during the 1998-99 football season.
I salute the University of Arkansas Razorbacks with a big, loud shout of “Sue E. pig!”