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USA Today’s For The Win ranks U of I last for mascots

In an article meant to elicit a laugh or two, For The Win writer Charles Curtis ranked all 68 NCAA men’s basketball tournament team mascots. Bringing up the bottom was the University of Illinois:

There was apparently a push to get the belted kingfisher bird to be the university’s new mascot, but with no mascot at the moment, I have to put them at the bottom of the list along with some other mascot-less schools. At least they got rid of their previous mascot that was rightfully deemed offensive.

This is clearly another opportunity to push for the kingfisher as the new mascot. It’s perfect.

Top image from the Kingfisher at UIUC Facebook page.

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