William & Mary unveils new mascot

By Jamie Scavotto - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - William & Mary retired its last costumed rep five years ago, after Colonel Ebirt and the green and gold feathered logo that went along with him, were deemed offensive by the NCAA.

Hundreds attended a pep rally at Kaplan Arena Tuesday night as the mythical griffin, which has the head of an eagle and the body of a lion, was revealed as the best embodiment of the tribe.

The school kicked off the search for a mascot last February, and the committee charged with the task used social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to aid its quest.

Over 300 suggestions were narrowed down to a pug, wren, king and queen, a phoenix, and the character that was unveiled.

As of now, the mascot does not have a name.

As for the school's nickname - the tribe - that is not expected to change, either.

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