Penn State's nickname is the Nittany Lions. There is a range of ridges in the Appalachian Mountains not far from the Penn State campus called Nittany Mountain. There used to be mountain lions that roamed that range.
Mount Nittany is located very near the Penn State campus and mountain lions used to live there.
Penn State has a Nittany Lion as a Mascot.
A nittany lion
The Nittany Lion.
The Nittany Lion is a mascot for the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University. Information can be found on the Wikipedia website and also the Penn State Athletics official website.
Penn's mascot is a Quaker. Click on the "Penn Mascot" link below to see a picture.