In 1925, the football coach, along with the student newspaper, conducted a contest to name the football team. The winning entry was "Grandees," tying into the Spanish origins of St. Ignatius of Loyola. However, the name "Grandees" failed to catch on.
In 1926, a more informal, but much more binding process, finally yielded the nickname: "RAMBLERS." That year, because the football team traveled so extensively across the United States, "rambling from state to state," the media dubbed Loyola as "the RAMBLERS."