Contact Us

Michigan State and ESPN in trouble with something called “Mean Green”

North Texas v Louisiana State University
What is the singular of “Mean Green”?…Getty Images

Try to follow this.

Apparently, ESPN used the term “Mean Green” yesterday to describe the Michigan State Spartans in a TV promo for the Michigan-Michigan State game this Saturday. And now, according to USA Today, the University of North Texas is taking legal action against both.

All University of North Texas teams are officially called “Mean Green” and the term is trademarked. And Pittsburgh Steelers legend Mean Joe Greene played there, but the school says that’s not why they’re called “Mean Green”.

And oh, yeah. Their mascot is named “Scrappy the Eagle”, because they used to be called the Eagles and…oh, never mind.

Here’s the story.


Banana Don and Stephanie McCoy amuse and thrill you every weekday morning from 5:30 – 10AM on the radio at 100.7 WITL.

Noted zythologist and all-around fun guy Banana Don can be reached via email at and on Twitter at @WITLBananaDon and @WITLFM. Also, Facebook friend Banana Don and Stephanie at and
Plus – check out the new WITL app. It’s much better than any other app – ever.

Best of

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Wittle Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Wittle Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.