USC live mascot seeks new name for 2022 football season


The mascot formerly known as Sir Big Spur is seen at a USC baseball game this spring at Founders Park.

Photo by Jeff Blake

South Carolina’s living rooster mascot is about to get a name change.

A new alias for the mascot formerly known as Sir Big Spur will be announced by the start of the Gamecocks’ season Sept. 3 against Georgia State, the university confirmed to The State.

Why a name change? It boils down to a disagreement between the original owners of the bird — Mary Snelling and Ron Albertelli — and the new owners, Beth and Van Clarkon whether or not the “crest” of the animal on its head should be trimmed.

According to a report by the (Charleston) Post & Courier, the original owners cut off the rooster’s comb – the red, fleshy area on its head – to make the bird look more like a gamecock. The Clarks opted to keep the comb intact, citing the bird’s health benefits.

An agreement with the original owners allowing the use of the Sir Big Spur name has expired. USC guides the process of selecting a new name.

The Clarks, for now, have changed the The Rooster’s Twitter Handle simply “mascot”. The new name won’t be Big Spur, which was the name used for USC’s costume mascot in the 1980s and before Cocky was created.

The university’s legal team “advised against using a former name ‘Big Spur’, which has been suggested by many fans, due to its close relationship with Sir Big Spur, who does not belong to the university,” said USC chief marketing officer Eric Nichols. .

So what should will the new name be for the live mascot? We’ve chosen 10 names – vote for your favorite below. Don’t like our picks? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

This story was originally published August 24, 2022 8:00 a.m.

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