Sept. 5, 2007 — Virginia's Cavman is one of 12 mascots from around the nation named to the sixth annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team. The mascots, which include three birds, two bears, a cougar, a dog, a gopher, a kangaroo, a piece of "fruit," a big red creature and Cavman, will compete for the title of "Capital One Mascot of the Year."
Beginning Sept. 10, fans can vote online at www.capitalonebowl.com for their favorite All-America mascot. The "Capital One Mascot of the Year" will be announced during the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2008.
In addition to Cavman, the other members of the All-America Mascot Team are Zippy (Akron), Cosmo Cougar (Brigham Young), Hairy Dawg (Georgia), Goldy Gopher (Minnesota), Monte (Montana), Cocky (South Carolina), Seymour (Southern Mississippi), Otto (Syracuse), Joe Bruin (UCLA), HokieBird (Virginia Tech) and Big Red (Western Kentucky).
"We created this contest to celebrate the unsung heroes of college football," said Steve Schooff of Capital One. "Last year, a cougar from Washington State clawed its way to the pinnacle of mascot stardom. This year, we're looking forward to see what mascot can put their best claw, paw or talon forward to ascend to the throne of Capital One Mascot of the Year."
The fan vote is the sole determinant of the winner. Voting consists of 11 weekly head-to-head match-ups between the mascot All-Americans. The mascots with the best won/lost records will face off in online playoffs starting in November.
The mascots were chosen from Division I-A and I-AA athletics programs with football teams. They were selected after being ranked in areas like interaction with fans, originality and pedigree. The panel of judges included mascot guru and historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough, and representatives from ESPN and Capital One.
Cavman and the other mascots will star in a national advertising campaign featuring them competing in the Capital One Mascot Open, a series of unusual and fictitious golf competitions.
Cavman will receive a $5,000 scholarship for Virginia's mascot program. The Mascot of the Year will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship to help fund its school's mascot program.