Auburn University’s Aubie announced as one of 16 college mascots for 10th annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team

AUBURN – Auburn University’s mascot, Aubie, will compete throughout football season with 15 other college mascots as part of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team.

The 16 mascots, representing nine conferences and including several natural gridiron rivalries, will go head-to-head throughout the college football season in a battle royale determined exclusively by fan voting. In the end, one lucky creature will be named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year at the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

This is Aubie’s sixth year competing in the National Mascot of the Year challenge.

The mascots will compete for 12 weeks during the college football regular season in a voting contest to determine the Capital One National Mascot of the Year. Fans will be able to vote at www.CapitalOneBowl.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MascotChallenge and via text voting. Regular season voting officially opens at 12 p.m. EST on Aug. 29, and continues weekly through Nov. 21. 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.

New this year, fans will be able to view never told before stories for each mascot to learn more about their journey to become National Mascot of the Year. The videos will be available on www.CapitalOneBowl.com and www.Facebook.com/MascotChallenge all season long.

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school’s mascot program. Each of the 2011 Capital One All-America team members receives $5,000 for their university mascot program.

Other members of the 2011 Capital One All-America Mascot Team, as nominated by their schools and selected by a panel of judges from Capital One and the mascot community, include Wilbur T. Wildcat of University of Arizona, Sparty of Michigan State University, Mike the Tiger of Louisiana State University, Testudo of the University of Maryland, Wolfie Jr. of the University of Nevada, Hairy Dawg of the University of Georgia, Boomer of the University of Oklahoma, Brutus Buckeye of The Ohio State University, Big Blue of Old Dominion University, Duck of the University of Oregon, Benny Beaver of Oregon State University, Buzz of Georgia Tech, SuperFrog of TCU, Cy of Iowa State and Big Red of Western Kentucky University.

Contact: Carol Nelson, (334) 844-9999 (nelsoc4@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)