As College Football season approaches, this would be the time that your college mascot would be stretching out and getting in shape to rep it’s university. Now, not sure if you know this or not, but since last spring, UNLV no longer has a mascot since retiring “Hey Reb”. Since 1982, “Hey Reb” had been the school’s mascot, but last year, with over 7000 signatures on a petition, the president of the university at the time decided to not only de-commission the mascot, but to take down the statue of the mascot on the campus.
At this point in time, there is still no new mascot for the school, however, UNLV still refers their sports teams as “The Rebels”.
Other colleges that had to change their mascots as well include Stanford, the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Eastern Michigan, as well as Sienna
However, it did come to the attention of The Mike & Carla Morning Show, that there is a totally different problem dealing with a school mascot at the University of South Carolina where they have a live rooster as a mascot.
Until recently, he was named Sir Big Spur, but now the school has come to the crossroads. Originally the school had an agreement with Sir Big Spur’s original owners to use that name, but they don’t own him anymore. According to The State publication, the new owners decided NOT to let the school continue to use it because of a recent disagreement.
So, guess what, the Gamecocks are looking for a NEW name for Sir Big Spur. One newspaper picked 10 possible choices and put it to an online vote. So far, the runaway favorite is Cock Commander. It currently has 79% of the vote. Its closest competitor is Cluck Norris, with just 5%. Other choices include Marco Pollo, Cock-a-doodle-dude, Captain Cluck, and Kickin’ Chicken.
The school will announce Sir Big Spur’s new name sometime before the September 3rd season opener. Oh boy, can’t wait…however, have you ever wondered about the Top 5 College Mascots? You might be more surprised as to what mascots are NOT in the Top 5…like Notre Dame‘s leprechaun is not on the list, nor is the Trojan from University of Southern California.
According to SI/cfb, scroll down and find out after listening to a “Few Things We Thing You Should Know”,