The nickname “Wildcats” was given to the club in 1909, after a football road victory over Illinois. The earliest truly memorable Kentucky logo appeared in 1973. The emblem, which looked really aggressive, depicted a wild cat with an open mouth. The outline of the Kentucky state was placed in the background.
For today, the Wildcats' primary logo is a combination of two interlacing letters, “U” and “K.” First used in 1997 as an alternative logo and moved then to the primary logo. In 2016 there was a shift in the color scheme as well as a modification of the shape of the two letters "UK."
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2016 - Present
A royal blue with white trim interlocking letters “UK.”
A new version of the interlocking letters.
2005 - 2016
A blue with white trim interlocking letters “UK.”
1986 - 2005
A brown wildcat about to attack on a interlocking blue with black trim letters “UK.”
1973 - 1986
An attacking wildcat in white and two shades of blue.