Florida Gulf Coast has a Sweet 16 Nickname "Phi Dunka Coasta"
March 25, 2013- Dunkadelic Sports Marketing in Baltimore, Maryland has dubbed Florida Gulf Coast University as "Phi Dunka Coasta."
The Eagles have been a hi-flyin' highlight dunk reel during their first two games of the 2013 NCAA Tournament with wins over Georgetown and San Diego State.
They are Sweet 16 bound and the team has become a national darling to the media and fans of the NCAA Tournament.
Their historical run to the Sweet 16 as the 15th seed is even more remarkable. In only their second year of being eligible for the NCAA Tournament they have become the first 15th seed to advance to the round of 16.
The new nickname comes from the inspiration of the University of Houston Cougars "Phi Slama Jama" teams of the early 1980's. It was 30-years ago that Phi Slama Jama made a run to the 1983 NCAA Final Four.
The Cougars would win their National semi-final game over the University of Louisville 94-81 with a spectacular 13 dunk display. This is the year 2013 and the Eagles will be known as Phi Dunka Coasta.
They would loose the 1983 NCAA Championship game 54-52 to N.C. State on a dunk by Lorenzo Charles as time expired.
The Georgetown Hoyas the next year in 1984 defeated Phi Slama Jama in the NCAA Championship Game 84-75 ending the era of the team.
Phi Slama Jama went to 3 consecutive Final Fours from 1982-84. They never won an NCAA Title, but still remain relevant today because of the popularity of team nickname and their impact to the modern style of play today.
Derrick E. Vaughan of Dunkadelic Sports Marketing says, "It's fun for college basketball to have Florida Gulf Coast as a Sweet 16 team. The Phi Dunka Coasta nickname will be remembered 25-years from now just as Phi Slama Jama has endured 30-years later. It would be nice to see the Eagles in Phi Dunka Coasta warm-ups just like the Houston Cougars of 1983. With the internet and twitter in this era, this team could be even more popular."