RSU Traditions

Student section at a game all holding their hands up in a claw sign.Fear the Claw

Not long after Hillcat men’s and women’s basketball was introduced at RSU, the home court at the Claremore Expo Center quickly gained a reputation as a formidable venue for opponents.

As a member of the Hillcat team aligns himself or herself on the free throw line, the crowd at the Expo Center extends one arm skyward and makes the sign of the claw with their fists.

If the shot falls successfully, arms descend in the manner of the scratch of a ferocious wild cat.

As members of an opposing team prepare to shoot a free throw, the rowdy RSU student section has been known to intimidate the shooter. Depending on the shooter’s fortitude, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!

“Fear the Claw” is well known by RSU students, home team fans, visiting teams and their fans.