Otto the Orange squeezed out of ACC mascot game, banned like team
Syracuse’s self-imposed postseason ban apparently even extended to Otto the Orange.
The Atlantic Coast Conference held its annual mascot basketball game at halftime of the North Carolina-Louisville quarterfinal Thursday. Fourteen of the ACC’s 15 mascots played — from Mr. Wuf of NC State to Rameses of North Carolina to Sebastian the Ibis of Miami.
But no Otto.
— Brian Neal (@BrianNealNews) March 12, 2015
Still, there are a few reminders of the Orange this week at the Greensboro Coliseum. They said back in February that they’d keep themselves out of this postseason in response to a lengthy NCAA investigation. The probe found the program committed academic violations, ignored drug test procedures and accepted payment for volunteer work at a YMCA.
At the conference tournament, a Syracuse banner still hangs next to banners for each school.
And the Orange’s block-S logo appears on the tournament’s official souvenir T-shirts, along with the insignias of all the other schools. The tournament is not selling Syracuse-specific tournament T-shirts, as they are for the other 14 schools participating.
As for Otto?
He was missed by a few.
What price, freedom? @ccarlsononSU Beloved furball, Otto the Orange omitted from ACC Tournament's mascot game. Sad.
— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) March 12, 2015
You guys if Otto the Orange was here and now he’s not at the mascot basketball game then WHERE DID HE GO OH MY GOD
— Lauren Brownlow (@lebrownlow) March 12, 2015
I swear to God @NCAA if you did anything to Otto the Orange I will go full Liam Neeson on you and your entire organization
— Marra (@marranara) March 12, 2015
One thing is certain. Otto is no sell-out. He’s a team player and he’ll stand by the coach (Jim Boeheim) through thick and thin.
— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) March 13, 2015