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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 and on Facebook as well as Twitter. All voting information appears at

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 and

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!