The Arizona State Sun Devils are the athletic groups that represent Arizona State University. ASU has nine men’s and eleven ladies’s varsity groups contending at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The mascot was adopted in 1946; earlier nicknames were the Normals and later, the Bulldogs. The Sun Devil mascot, Sparky, was developed by former Disney illustrator Bert Anthony. ASU’s primary competitor is the University of Arizona Wildcats.
ASU has 24 NCAA team championship games, consisting of baseball (5 times), women’s tennis (3 times), guys’s gymnastics (one), guys’s track and field (one), guys’s indoor track and field (one), females’s outside track and field (2 times), females’s indoor track and field (one), fumbling (one), males’s golf (two times), ladies’s golf (eight times), and softball (two times). ASU also has various private NCAA national champions in different sports. Furthermore, the baseball team has appeared in the College World Series 22 times, the men’s basketball team has taken part in 13 NCAA tournaments, and the ASU football team won the Rose Bowl in 1987 and the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1982.
ASU university teams won national championships in guys’s archery 15 times, women’s archery 21 times, mixed archery 20 times, guys’s badminton 13 times, women’s badminton 17 times and combined badminton 10 times, all which are not acknowledged by the NCAA.
Arizona State University currently sponsors groups in 9 guys’s and 14 women’s NCAA sanctioned sports, following the 2015 elevation of the men’s ice hockey club team to varsity status: In the fall of 2015, Arizona State announced the addition of females’s triathlon and females’s lacrosse. Triathlon will begin competition in the fall of 2016, with lacrosse starting competition in the spring of 2018. In spring 2016, ASU revealed the reinstatement of guys’s tennis, which had been dropped after the 2007– 08 academic year, however did not set a certain date for the resumption of play.
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