1. It Wasn’t Always Orange & Blue
UVA colors were originally gray and red to represent Confederate soldiers, but the colors were hard to see on the field.
2. Orange & Blue Came From Oxford
At a meeting to determine new colors, a student wore an orange scarf he got from oxford.
3. Wearing Orange To Games Is Fairly Recent
Ties and dresses where the norm until a head coach promoted wearing orange to games in 2000.
4. Oxford Also Has Cavaliers
There is an Oxford Cavaliers Rugby Team.
5. UVA Chose Cavaliers Because Of The Old Dominion
Cavaliers where people loyal to King Charles I during the English Civil War. While VA was a dominion of the royal crown, there where Virginia Cavaliers.
6. The Term “Wahoo” Was Meant To Be An Insult
Photo: Cavalier Team Shop
People called UVA students wahoos because it was a fish that could “drink” it’s own body weight on a daily basis. Students didn’t just shake it off, they ran with it.
7. Wahoo’s Aren’t Only Known For “Drinking”
Wahoo’s are a lot like their namesake. These fish can be very aggressive once hooked.
8. They Bite Back
Wahoo’s have been known to bite once taken onto a boat.
9. Wahoo’s Are Also Unpredictable
Much like a player on the field, you can’t predict where a wahoo will be and how many of them there are.
10. They’re Freakin HUGE
Wahoo’s are no small fish.
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