“Cubs” Show Promise in First Intercollegiate Athletics Season January 1, 1920 The mascot for the Southern Branch of the University of California was the “Cubs.” The “Bruins” would not take over as the official mascot until 1926, after the athletic teams entered the Pacific Coast conference. Above, a page from the first edition of the University’s yearbook describing the football team’s first year, 1920. 1920 Basketball team finishes the year strong, placing second in a first division league of six teams. S.B.U.C. beat Oxy 6-4 in an otherwise rocky first season.