University of Connecticut
Fun Fact: The Storrs Agricultural School became reality in 1881 with the donation of 170 acres of farm land by the Storrs brothers. (They were big in that town.) The school's first building was an old orphanage, and the kids in those days had very little time for poppin' kegs:
The daily routine for students was rigorous: a rising bell at 6:30 each morning, with breakfast at 7 a.m. and mandatory prayers immediately following the meal; lectures and recitations ran from 8 a.m. to noon, with dinner at 12:15 p.m. All students engaged in farm work from 2 to 5 p.m., had supper at 6 p.m., and study hours from 7 to 9 p.m.
Annual tuition was $25. Like NC State's sports teams, UConn's were known as the Aggies well into the 20th century, owing to the fact that apparently no one at agricultural schools back in the day had much imagination. If I ever found a college, I'd make a point of thinking of a super rad mascot, like, say, the Space Ostriches.
Connecticut Huskies Football
Affiliations: Football Bowl Subdivision, Big East
First Game: 1896
All-Time Record: 482-504-38 (.489)
Head Coach: Paul Pasqualoni (2nd season; 5-7 at UConn)
Fun Fact: Paul Pasqualoni is no stranger to NC State, dating back to his days as the head coach of Syracuse. The Orange played the Wolfpack twice in the late 1990s, and the first of those was one of the most memorable wins for NCSU football in the last 20 years. Multiple OTs, Mike O'Cain's decision to go for two and the win, poor Pasqualoni pleading for his confused defense to call a timeout, Jamie Barnette hitting a wide open Torry Holt for the conversion and the win.
All-Name Team: Jazzmar Clax, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Obi Melifonwu
Returning Starters: 14 (6 offense, 8 defense)
Basic Offense: Multiple
Basic Defense: 4-3/3-4