Sept. 4, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Seymour, the University of Southern Mississippi's mascot, has been named to the sixth annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team, made up of a group of 12 characters, all vying for the title of Mascot of the Year.
This is Seymour's second time to be named to this prestigious group.
Starting Sept. 10, fans can vote online at www.capitalonebowl.com, for their favorite All-American, who will be announced during the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.
"We are extremely proud of Seymour and all the hard work he has put forth in order to be recognized as one of the nation's best mascot," Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales Greg Herring said. "Seymour does a great job of supporting our university and its fans; now it's their time to help support him on his quest to be "Mascot of the Year."
Voting consists of 11 weekly head-to-head matchups between the All-Americans. The mascots with the best win/loss records face off in the online playoffs starting in November. The winner will be named Capital One National Mascot of the Year on Jan. 1, 2008, during the Capital One Bowl.
This year's fuzzy crew was chosen from Division FBS and FCS athletic programs with college football teams. They made the squad after being ranked on mascot musts such as interaction with fans, originality and pedigree. The panel of judges included mascot guru and Historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough, and representatives from ESPN and Capital One.
Seymour will be starring in a national advertising campaign, which this year features the mascots participating in the Capital One Mascot Open, a series of unusual (and fictitious) golf competitions. In addition, Seymour received $5,000 for his school's mascot program. Mascot of the Year will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship to help fund its school's mascot program.