Sept. 3, 2012
The Gamecocks' beloved mascot, Cocky, is once again competing in the Capital One Mascot Challenge.
Regular season voting officially opens at 12 p.m. EST on September 3, 2012, and continues weekly through November 26, 2012. Cocky's Week 1 match-up is against Cosmo of BYU. The top eight mascots with the best head-to-head records will then compete in a bracket-style, single-elimination competition to determine the overall winner. Fans will be able to vote at www.CapitalOneBowl.com and on Facebook as well as Twitter. All voting information appears at www.CapitalOneBowl.com.
The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2013, and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school's mascot program. Each of the 2012 Capital One All-America team members will also receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.
This year, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look inside the Capital One Mascot Training Camp, a place where mascots become the best of the best. Learning about mascot cohabitation, social media etiquette and everyday manners, mascots attend a series of classes, lectures and challenges to become the best. The quirky video vignettes will be released at www.CapitalOneBowl.com and Facebook.com/MascotChallenge.
Full list of participants:
Wilma T. Wildcat of the University of Arizona
Sparty of Michigan State University
Cosmo of Brigham Young University
Mike the Tiger of Louisiana State University
Testudo of the University of Maryland
Wolfie Jr. of the University of Nevada
Cam the Ram of Colorado State
YoUDee of the University of Delaware
Truman the Tiger of the University of Missouri
Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin
Ms. Wuf of North Carolina State University
The Duck of The University of Oregon
Scarlet Knight of Rutgers University
Cocky of the University of South Carolina
Sebastian the Ibis of the University of Miami
Raider Red of Texas Tech University
Remember to vote daily for Cocky at CapitalOneBowl.com!