While the school's live mascot is Smokey the Bluetick Coonhound, according to the athletic website, the university inherited its official nickname from Tennessee's history as the "Volunteer state." After going above and beyond the call of duty in the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, Tennessee earned its moniker and the university followed suit. Volunteers is often shortened to "Vols" when referring to the athletic teams.
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