UNLV ALMA MATER
UNLV FIGHT SONG:
"Win with the Rebels"
UNLV CHEERLEADERS & DANCE TEAM
THE STAR OF NEVADA MARCHING BAND
THE FREMONT CANNON
The tradition of awarding the cannon to the victors started a quarter century ago when the Rebels' first football coach, Bill Ireland, felt the young rivalry between the north and south schools could use a symbolic trophy to stimulate interest. The prize turned out to be a replica of the howitzer used by John C. Fremont, one of America's foremost trailblazers, as he headed west into Nevada in 1843. Legend has it that Fremont violated U.S. War Department rules by taking the cannon with him on his westward trek without permission and then abandoned the weapon in a Sierra-Nevada snowdrift.
Built by the Kennecott Copper Corp., Nevada Mines Division, the cannon is valued at more than $10,000 and is considered one of the best, and loudest, symbols of rivalry in the college football.
The Wolf Pack held the cannon first because they had beaten the Rebels 28-20 in the first game of the series on Thanksgiving Day 1969. UNLV promptly won rights to the big gun in 1970 with a 42-30 home win and went on to dominate the series with eight wins in the next 11 games played. After UNR rebounded to win five straight games (1989-1993), UNLV regained the cannon in its Silver Anniversary Year in 1994. Last year's 31-20 UNR win gave the Pack a 14-10 lead in the series, which has been continuous since 1987. The teams will meet in Reno on Oct. 2 to once again decide who gets to keep the cannon.
REBEL & ROUSER
The duo, embodying the Rebel spirit, performs various stunts in a pre-game ceremony and throughout the game, including waving the UNLV flag to signal that the home team is ready for battle.
With the retirement of the original Rebel and Rouser, this fall's games will be the debut season of Charlene Hyatt riding a pure-white mare Rouser. The 15-year-old Davenport Arabian is a relative of the original Denver Broncos' mascot, Thunder.
VOICE OF THE REBELS -- DICK CALVERT
Entering his 29th season, Calvert has done public address for Rebel football, Runnin' Rebel basketball and Rebel soccer and has never missed a football assignment at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The California native is one of the most experienced broadcasters of American professional soccer, having served 18 seasons in both the North American Soccer League and the Major Soccer League. He also has served as play-by-play voice of numerous Rebel football and men's basketball games as well as the IHL, NBA and minor league baseball. He and his wife, Anne, have raised four children and are the proud grandparents of nine.