“Starkvegas” it’s what all the cool kids are calling Starkville, Miss. nowadays.
The nickname has been embraced fans recently, but was first seen as insult and has been around since at least 1987 according to The New York Times.
The term Stark Vegas has been around for at least 25 or 30 years. Wide receiver Gabe Myles, a redshirt freshman who two seasons ago led the Starkville High Yellow Jackets to a state championship as a quarterback, said his father claimed to have coined it when, upon arriving at the college in 1987 from Clarksdale, Miss., he told people he was from “Clarks Vegas.” This, so the story goes, morphed to “Stark Vegas.”
Now baseball coach Andy Cannizaro may have the coolest tribute yet to the name.
— Andy Cannizaro 💪 (@CoachCannizaro) January 23, 2018
It’s a smaller replica of the famous Las Vegas, Nev. sign found in the actual Sin City.
It originally began as a bit of a joke, but it’s clear the school has embraced the term full-on now. What was once a slip of the tongue in referce to Clarksdale, Miss. according to The Times has now made for a wonderful wall decoration.