Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 23:17:02 -0400

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Rat=Freshman; Football Terms


Perhaps VMI didn't start this. This is from Scholastic Magazine, Oct.

26-31, 1942, pg. 32, col. 2:

If Richmond beats William and Mary, freshmen may abandon their "rat

caps" for the rest of the year.