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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Call-ing Card: Arkansas Files Trademark For "Wooo Pig Sooie" Chant

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 21 / 14

Univ. of Arkansas fans have been calling the hogs nearly as long as their Razorbacks have been playing football, making “Wooo Pig Sooie” one of the most recognizable cheers in collegiate athletics. Now the school is making its claim to the cheer legally binding by obtaining a sound ...

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