The late great Woody Hayes is generally credited with the famous quote, "There are three things that can happen when you throw a pass, and two of them are bad."
I think that a million things can happen when your school has a mascot, and most of them are bad.
Take the Kansas State Wildcats. And their new, alternative, "green" (but "Royal Purple") mascot, "EcoKat." Because whenever I think of college football, I am certainly thinking about renewable energy and recycling.
Blogger and Wisconsin Law Prof Ann Althouse looks at EcoKat (hat tip, apparently, to Instapundit), which is interesting because of all mascots, Bucky Badger may be the one least deserving of execution. And so her comments page is pretty funny.
Let this be a lesson to you, Mr. Brandon. Don't do it. No possible good can come from a Michigan "mascot." There can be no clearer warning, as to what harm an academic committee can do, than "EcoKat."
Behold. EcoKat. You'll want to crank up the Freakbass to view these.