To answer Andrew’s question:
“On November 10, 1917, a small cohort of 22 football players travled to Atlanta to represent Davidson College against one of the most formidable teams in the South–Auburn. Auburn’s Plainsmen had massacred their first four opponents, outscoring them by a staggering margin of 141-6” (reminds me of Deuces Wild our Sophmore year)
“Not Surprisingly, Auburn dominated the game on the turf, outgaining the ‘Red and Black’ with 240 yards to Davidson’s 91 yards. Astoundingly, Davidson pulled together an amazing offensive attack and defeated one of the most powerful teams in the South that day with absolute finesse and scrappiness, 21-7.
That scrapiness captured the awe and respect of Atlanta sportswriters, who wrote of the “Wild cats” from Davidson College, whose small stature and ferocious style proved overwhelming for the Auburn camp.
Apparently, the Davidsonian picked up on the nickname and it has been so ever since, replacing such milder refercnes as “Red and Black,” “Davidson Presbyterians” and “Davidson Preachers.”
I’ll be here all week folks. Ask away.