UNLV Rebels Logo

UNLV Rebels LogoFor much of its history, the athletic logo of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada, has featured their somewhat controversial mascot. The current emblem is purely typographic, though.

Meaning and history

UNLV Rebels Logo history


The old UNLV Rebels logo adopted in 1968 showcased a stylized soldier who was also a player. The figure was given in dark red with the word “Rebel” arched above the head. The player was placed inside a white circle with red trim.
While the central character of the emblem used in 1976 – 1979 was also a stylized warrior, this time, he had a more serious style. By 1980, he was once again replaced by a cartoonish character. On this logo, the soldier was depicted standing in full height with a huge hat on his head and a huge gun in his hands.
The following version of the logo was introduced in 1995. This time, only the soldier’s head was left. The lettering “UNLV” in red could be seen in the background.
The updated logo, which was introduced in 2006, resolved the two problems of its predecessor: the mustache became half-hidden, while the lettering became better legible.
The reason why the mascot known under the nickname Hey Reb! disappeared from the new UNLV Rebel logo (2017) was that he has been considered racist (he resembles a confederate soldier).

UNLV Rebels baseball

UNLV Rebels baseball logo
The team, which is part of Mountain West Conference, has made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. Their head coach is Stan Stolte, while their home arena is Earl Wilson Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

Basketball

UNLV Rebels emblem
In 1990, the men’s basketball team of the University of Nevada became the NCAA Tournament Champions, which has been their highest achievement so far. They have competed in the NCAA Tournaments on 20 occasions, as of 2019.
The women’s team reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 1989. They have had eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Football

UNLV Rebels Logo
The UNLV Rebels were pretty successful during their time in Division II. But since they were promoted to Division I, their results have been less prominent. Their home games are played at Sam Boyd Stadium.