Northeastern State RiverHawks

Northeastern State RiverHawks
University Northeastern State University
Conference MIAA
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Tony Duckworth
Location Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Varsity teams 10
Football stadium Doc Wadley Stadium
Basketball arena NSU Event Center
Mascot Rowdy the RiverHawk
Nickname RiverHawks
Fight song "Northeastern, Northeastern"
Colors Green and White[1]

The Northeastern State RiverHawks are the sports teams of Northeastern State University located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[2]

Name change

Northeastern State University announced on May 23, 2006 that they would be dropping "Redmen" in favor of a new mascot to represent the school.[3] Although the "Redmen" name was not deemed to be hostile or abusive towards Native Americans by the NCAA, restrictions connected to the use of American Indian nicknames could have affected future NSU athletic competitions had NSU not taken the initiative to comply before the Redmen name became an issue. The university announced its new athletic name as the RiverHawks on Nov. 14, 2006.[4]


NSU's 2007 Homecoming Game


Men's basketball

In 2003, the men's basketball team won the Division II national championship, beating Kentucky Wesleyan 75–64.[5]


The official mascot of Northeastern State Athletic teams is Rowdy the RiverHawk.[6]

Fight song

Northeastern, Northeastern is the official fight song for Northeastern State University.[7]

Notable alumni


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