So, with all of the trouble mascots have had in the last week, it's no surprise that the University of South Florida is opting for a real animal — however they're keeping their googly-eyed, fur-lined one named "Rocky" as well. The new " Rocky" the bull is a baby Brahman and he's currently being tested out as an additional mascot to help fire up the supposedly staid crowd at Raymond James Stadium.
The idea for the bull was put forth by USF alumnus John Massaro, a 1989 graduate and owner of four Beef O'Brady franchises in the Tampa area, who said it's been a dream of his to see a live bull charge out onto the field. "I go to the games, I don't see the excitement. This bull will bring us to the next level," he said.
And by "next level", of course, he means loosing an excitable beast on unsuspecting co-eds to potentially fire them up/trample them. Welcome to the big time, USF!
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