Here's another editorial about the football team. Interestingly, the author makes the same point I've made about how silly the name "Gyrenes" is:
First off, the school's president Tom Monaghan is about as egotistical as it gets. He nicknamed the school's mascot the "Gyrenes" which we all know is a nickname for soldiers in the United States Marine Corps. However, the only relationship Ave Maria has with the Marine Corp is that Mr. Monaghan once served in the Marines. The university does not even offer an ROTC program. There is absolutely zero relationship between the university and the Corp.
Schools tend to have names that are symbolic to the history or location of the school. Other schools use names that are tough-sounding. But Gyrenes doesn't fit that bill at all. This is a Catholic school and should somehow reflect on the school's identity or location. There is no rhyme or reason to Monaghan's thinking process.