Cornell Big Red

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red
University Cornell University
Conference(s) Ivy League, ECAC Hockey, National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association, Collegiate Sprint Football League, Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC), Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA)
NCAA Division I
Athletics director J. Andrew Noel Jr.
Location Ithaca, NY
Varsity teams 36
Football stadium Schoellkopf Field
Basketball arena Newman Arena
Baseball stadium Hoy Field
Other arenas Lynah Rink
Mascot Big Red Bear (unofficial)
Nickname Big Red, The
Fight song Give My Regards to Davy
Colors Carnelian and White


Homepage Cornell Big Red
The third Cornell bear, Touchdown III
Poster illustration of a Cornell baseball player, 1908.

The Cornell Big Red is the informal name of the sports teams, and other competitive teams, at Cornell University. The university sponsors 36 varsity sports, as well as numerous intramural and club teams. Cornell participates in NCAA Division I as part of the Ivy League. The men's and women's hockey teams compete in the ECAC Hockey League. Additionally, teams compete in the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association, the Collegiate Sprint Football League, the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC), the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, and the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA).



The football, lacrosse, & sprint football teams play in Schoellkopf Field, which has a capacity of 25,597. The ice hockey teams play in Lynah Rink, which has a capacity of 4,267. The Cornell men's soccer team plays on Charles F. Berman field on the southeast side of campus. There are also facilities about 2 miles east of campus that has multiple uses, but it is mainly used by the Cornell men's soccer team for practice. Other campus facilities include a Robert Trent Jones (a Cornell alumnus) designed golf course, baseball's Hoy Field, the Niemand•Robison Softball Field, the Oxley Equestrian Center, and numerous fields and gymnasiums. Some of the athletic playing fields along Tower Road are known as the "Alumni Fields" because the Cornell Alumni Association funded the grading and development of these fields in exchange for a promise that they would remain in perpetuity. A subsequent land swap resulted in giving the Agriculture College building sites at the east end of the fields in exchange for the site of what became Schoellkopf Field and Hoy Field.[1] The Alumni Fields became the site of an underground Synchrotron Laboratory.[2] Since the 1970s, several of the fields were used as sites for new biology buildings and were replaced by new fields along Jessup Road. Today, facilities are spread around campus with tennis courts and basketball courts located near a number of dormitories. In addition, the athletics department operates Helen Newman Hall (formerly the women's athletics building) and Noyes Center as remote fitness facilities.[3]


Cornell's teams did not have an official name until after 1905, when a recent graduate, Romeyn Berry '04, wrote lyrics for a new football song. The lyrics included the words "the big, red team," and the nickname stuck.[4]

Cornell does not have an official mascot; however, the bear has long been a symbol of Cornell Athletics. In 1915, a live bear named Touchdown first appeared at football games to represent Cornell. The current version, which appears at many of Cornell's sporting events, is a brown bear costume (the live bear was replaced in 1939) that is worn by an undergraduate student; it is referred to as the "Big Red Bear" or by its nickname, "Touchdown." And recently, "red man," a person dressed in a tight red suit, has been seen running up and down the field of men's soccer games.

Cornell's colors, carnelian red and white, date back to the university's Inauguration Day on October 7, 1868.[5]

Many of Cornell's athletic directors have made substantial contributions to collegiate athletics in general, including Romeyn Berry, James Lynah, and Robert Kane.

Fight Songs

A number of fight songs are associated with Cornell sports teams, such as "The Big Red Team", "Fight for Cornell", and "New Cornell Fight Song",[6] but the one with the longest use and tradition is "Give My Regards to Davy", a song written by three Cornellians in 1904. The song is sung to the tune of George M. Cohan's "Give My Regards to Broadway".


Cornell maintains informal athletic rivalries with other collegiate institutions. The men's ice hockey team has a historic rivalry with Boston University, but, since BU left what became the ECAC Hockey conference to join Hockey East, this rivalry has been overshadowed by the more contemporary one with Harvard University, which was highlighted in the 1970 novel Love Story and its film adaptation. The men's ice hockey team also has rivalries with Clarkson and Colgate. Following tradition, when Harvard plays the men's ice hockey team at Cornell's Lynah Rink, some Big Red fans throw fish on the ice.[7] Cornell has traditionally had a men's lacrosse rivalry with Johns Hopkins University and, since 1980, Syracuse University. And the rising soccer team has formed a impressive rivalry with Syracuse University after its recent close games.

Cornell - Penn game in 1919

Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania are long-time rivals in football. With more than 114 games played since their first meeting in 1893, this is the seventh most-played rivalry in college football.[8] Cornell's football series against both the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College are tied for second longest uninterrupted college football match-ups in history, both dating back to 1919.[9] The two teams play for the Trustee Cup. They are only surpassed by the Lehigh-Lafayette series, which is uninterrupted since 1897.

In polo, the men's and women's teams maintain rivalries with the University of Virginia and the University of Connecticut.

For men's lacrosse, Cornell and Princeton University have historically been the perennial favorites in the Ivy League and the Princeton game is usually the most anticipated Ivy-game. Fellow upstate schools Syracuse University and Hobart are also considered Cornell's lacrosse rivals.

Additionally, in Women's Equestrian Skidmore College is a constant rival.

Varsity sports

The sprint football team has won the CSFL title six times. The men's ice hockey team has been NCAA champion twice, ECAC champion 11 times and Ivy League champion 19 times, and recorded the only undefeated season in NCAA Division I Hockey history in 1970. The men's lacrosse team has been NCAA champion three times and Ivy League champion 21 times. The men's Lightweight rowing team varsity 8+ has won the IRA regatta four times since 1992 (1992, 2006, 2007, 2008). The women's polo team has won the National Women's Polo Championship 11 times and the women's hockey team has been Ivy League champion 8 times. In total, Cornell's varsity athletic teams have been champions of the NCAA, ECAC, or Ivy League 114 times.

Championship Teams

Men's Lacrosse
Cheerleader, 1906
  • Baseball
    • Ivy 1939, 1940, 1943, 1952, 1972, 1977, 2009
  • Women's Basketball
  • Sprint Football
    • CSFL 1975(Co-Champs), 1978, 1982, 1984(Tri-Champs), 1986(Tri-Champs), 2006
  • Field Hockey
    • Ivy 1991
  • Men's Ice Hockey
    • NCAA 1967, 1970
    • ECAC 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
    • Ivy 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
    • Ned Harkness Cup 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Women's Ice Hockey
    • NCAA 2010 (Frozen Four)
    • ECAC 2010, 2011
    • Ivy 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1996, 2010, 2011
  • Men's Lacrosse
    • NCAA 1971, 1976, 1977
    • Ivy 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Women's Lacrosse
    • Ivy 2006
  • Men's Polo
    • National 1937, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1992, 2005
  • Women's Polo
    • National 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011 [16]
  • Men's Heavyweight Crew Cornell's Crews have won more RAAC (12 of 21)(1871-1894) and IRA National Championships (26) than any other University, most recently:
    • IRA National 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1977, 1981, 1982 [17]
    • Eastern Sprints 1956, 1957, 1960, 1963
  • Men's Lightweight Crew
  • Men's Soccer
    • Ivy 1975, 1977, 1995
  • Women's Soccer
    • Ivy 1987, 1991
  • Softball
    • Ivy 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009
  • Men's Tennis
  • Volleyball
    • Ivy 1991, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2005, 2006
See footnote[21] See also: Collegiate wrestling, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), and NCAA Wrestling Team Championship
    • 2007, 2008, 2009 EIWA champions
    • 2010 2nd in NCAA
    • 2004-2009 Ivy league champions
    • 2011 2nd in NCAA

Other teams

  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Women's Fencing
  • Men's Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Men's Squash
  • Women's Squash
  • Men's Swimming and Diving
  • Women's Swimming and Diving
  • Men's Tennis
  • Men's Track
  • Women's Track

Club teams

  • Women’s Club Ultimate Team
  • Men’s Club Ultimate Team

Individual Champions

Cornell Big Red wrestling

  • NCAA Wrestling
    • 1929 Glenn Stafford, 175 lb.
    • 1953 Frank Bettucci, 147 lb.
    • 1953 Don Dickason, 167 lb.
    • 1959 Dave Auble, 123 lb.
    • 1960 Dave Auble, 123 lb.
    • 1994 David Hirsch, 126 lb.
    • 2003 Travis Lee, 125 lb.
    • 2005 Travis Lee, 133 lb.
    • 2008 Jordan Leen, 157 lb.
    • 2009 Troy Nickerson, 125 lb.
    • 2010 Kyle Dake, 141 lb.
    • 2011 Kyle Dake, 149 lb.

See also


  1. ^ Cornell Alumni News 1910-12-21 p. 146
  2. ^ Retrieved 2007-09-09.
  3. ^ "Cornell Fitness Centers". Cornell University. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  4. ^ Cornell Athletics - Frequently Asked Questions
  5. ^ "Traditions Cornell Big Red". Cornell University. Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Cornell Chronicle Calendar May 23–June 6, 1996". Cornell Chronicle. 1996. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Why do we throw fish at Harvard?". eLynah. Retrieved 2006-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Most played college football rivalries". College Football News. Retrieved 2006-06-15. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Cornell faces familiar foe in 2004 opener". CSTV of CBS sports media. Retrieved 2006-06-15. 
  10. ^ Ivy League Basketball Champions 11.15.2007
  11. ^ Cornell clinches Ivy League title, NCAA tournament berth for second straight year 03-6-2009
  12. ^ Cornell hits 20 3-pointers en route to NCAA tournament bid 03-05-2010
  13. ^ Cornell Womens Basketball Shares Ivy League Title, Defeats Princeton, 76-59 Cornell Big 03.10.2008
  14. ^ "Past Division I-A Football National Champions". NCAA. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-05. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Cornell Out To Snap Crimson's Ivy Win Streak". CSTV. 2005. Retrieved 2006-09-05. 
  16. ^ |Women's Polo Claims 13th National Title, Tops Virginia 18-12 | 4-24-2011
  17. ^ "IRA Regatta". 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  18. ^ "IRA Champs: Huskies, Big Red, and Bison". 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  19. ^ Lightweight Rowing Captures Third Straight National Title 06-09-08
  20. ^ No. 40 Men's Tennis Downs Columbia to Win Outright Ivy Title, 4/23/2011
  21. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (February 16, 2011). "At Cornell, fund-raising just as important to wrestling as mat work". Philaddelphia Media Network (Philadelphia Inquirer). Retrieved 2011-02-17. 

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