The Iowa Hawkeyes made headlines this week after one of the university's professors penned an open letter requesting that the school make some changes to the mascot to make it more friendly and welcoming. A clinical pediatrics professor believes that Herky the Hawkeye looks too menacing and that his angry face is "conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey." With college football season almost fully underway, now is as good a time as any to examine what other mascots need fixing.
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Let's just get this one of the way. This is a bad mascot not because it looks angry, but for a multitude of other reasons. First and foremost, maybe consider tweezing those eyebrows every now and then. Second, birds don't have teeth. Third, does he have to look like he just smelled a fart in a hot car?
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Iowa State Cyclones
I'm starting to think that people in Iowa truly believe that birds have teeth.
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Seriously, people. Birds don't have teeth. Google it. Also, can somebody get this mascot some clothes?
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California Golden Bears
Cal's mascot is named Oski. Oski is supposed to be a fuzzy golden bear, but instead looks like Dwight Schrute during a CPR seminar.
Getty ImagesThearon W. Henderson
Not only does 'Rockey the Rocket' have a terrible and grammatically incorrect name, he also has to walk around looking like Daft Punk's wildly less accomplished younger brother.
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Southern Illinois Salukis
A Saluki is a Persian Greyhound and, while dogs are awesome and usually worth celebrating, it seems that Southern Illinois went ahead and picked the ugliest one out of the catalogue. This is the Saluki from the local shelter that nobody wants to adopt because it makes the kids uncomfortable.
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
WKU's mascot is named "Big Red," so points for not being misleading. Unfortunately, this dude basically just looks like Grimace from McDonald's got thrown in with the wrong load of laundry.
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Nothing says "midlife crisis" more than an old, white-haired dude riding a motorcycle in a tux. Also, negative points for having a chin that resembles a pair of testicles.
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If you ever see a tree that looks like this, go to the hospital immediately. You are not well.
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Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State doesn't currently have a football team, but they're exploring the possibility of re-instating the program, so let's pre-emptively include them in this list. I'm not sure if "banana smashed over the head with a hammer" was the school's desired look for WuShock, but if so, they sure did nail it.