Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Crucy League

By popular request (of the author), here is the Crucy League - the only American universities that count in the cruciverse.

No amount of ivy-clad walls will cut it in the Crucy League. You need a snappy abbreviation, preferably three letters that can't be clued any other way. And those letters need to be pally enough to get it on with other answers.

How can you tell who's at the top of the Crucy League? You can't just be "Terre Haute sch." (ISU) or "The Miners of the N.C.A.A." (UTEP); you must be so ubiquitous that alumni (Kofi Annan - MIT, Shaq - LSU, Bill and Hillary - Yale) or stadia (Alex Box or Pete Maravich - LSU) are brought in to try to fool you.

LSU
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Fightin' Tigers of the Southeastern Conference
Shaq played here
Yale
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Bulldogs of the Ivy League
Students are Elis (after Elihu Yale)
Bill and Hillary met here
SMU
Southern Methodist University, University Park, TX
Mustangs of Conference USA
MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Engineers of the New England Football Conference
Kofi Annan studied for a master's here
UCLA
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Bruins of the Pac-10
Colors are "True Blue" and gold
ORU
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
Golden Eagles of The Summit League
Founded by televangelist Oral Roberts
Coe
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Kohawks of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
UPenn or Penn
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Quakers of the Ivy League
RPI
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Engineers of the Liberty League
Nobody likes the new team name Red Hawks and it's certainly not used in crossword clues
ASU
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Sun Devils of the Pac-10
OSU
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Buckeyes of the Big Ten
OSU can also be Oklahoma State University and Oregon State University
MSU
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Spartans of the Big Ten
Elon
Elon University, Elon, NC
Phoenix of the Southern Conference
URI
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Rams of the Atlantic 10
UNH
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Wildcats of the America East Conference
TCU
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Horned Frogs of the Mountain West Conference
St. Olaf
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Oles of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NYU
New York University, Greenwich Village, NY
Violets of the University Athletic Association
UVA
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Cavaliers of the Atlantic Coast Conference
UNLV
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
(Runnin') Rebels of the Mountain West Conference
UNC
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference
TSU
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Tigers of the Ohio Valley Conference
OSU
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Cowboys of the Big 12
OSU can also be Ohio State University and Oregon State University
LIU
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Blackbirds of the Northeast Conference
Iona
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Gaels of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
FSU
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference
Berea
Berea College, Berea, KY
Mountaineers of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
USNA
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Midshipmen
John McCain's alma mater
UMass
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Minutemen of the Atlantic 10 Conference
Tufts
Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA
Jumbos of the New England Small College Athletic Conference
Seton
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Pirates of the Big East
Pitt
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Panthers of the Big East
Kean
Kean University, Union Township, NJ
Cougars of the Eastern College Athletic Conference
UTEP
University of Texas, El Paso, TX
Miners of Conference USA
U-Tenn
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Volunteers, or Vols for short, of the Southeastern Conference
USD
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Coyotes of the Great West Conference
UCSD
University of California, San Diego, CA
Tritons of the California Collegiate Athletic Association
RIC
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Anchormen of the Eastern College Athletic Conference
OSU
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Beavers of the Pac-10
OSU can also be Ohio State University and Oklahoma State University
ISU
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Conference
ISU
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Cyclones of the Big 12
GSU
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Panthers of the Colonial Athletic Association
EMU
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Eagles of the Mid-American Conference
Drew U
Drew University, Madison, NJ
Rangers of the Landmark Conference
Brown
Brown University, Providence, RI
Brown Bears of the Ivy League

7 comments:

NYTAnonimo said...

Great reference-thanks for compiling it. Waiting for your Sunday post and came across it.

micky said...

Surely, University of Pittsburgh athletes are "Panthers", not "Pathers"

Crossword Man said...

Well at least I didn't call them Panters.

The mistake has now been corrected - thanks for pointing it out!

Jeff said...

Great post - forgot an important school, Brown!(Thu, Apr 23, 2009) Plus i think there have been a few younger constructors who have attended the university...

Crossword Man said...

Thanks Jeff. The reason Brown didn't make it into here before is that it's a rarish answer and then seldom clued with reference to the school. Maybe a new generation of constructors will raise its profile in the Crucy League, but for now it has a very low ranking. Brown does get used a lot in clues and hence features prominently in Pavlov's Guide to Crosswords.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know where the name "Crucy" league came from. My maiden name is Crucy and I'm just curious if it has a meaning I'm not aware of. Thanks for any information.

Crossword Man said...

Don't take "Crucy" too seriously: it is my own portmanteau of Ivy (as in Ivy League) and cruci- (as in cruciverbalism).