Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 27, 2013

WVU mascot competing for chance to serve again


Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot is competing for the chance to serve one more year.

Graduate student Jonathan Kimble is among four finalists to become the mascot for the 2013-14 school year. They'll compete in a "cheer off" during Wednesday night's men's basketball game with Baylor at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The winner will be announced on March 9.

In December, the Division of Natural Resources cited Kimble for failure to wear blaze orange when he killed a black bear in Pendleton County with the musket that's part of his costume.

The kill was legal but it triggered an outcry after Kimble posted a video online. The musket can fire ammunition but uses only gunpowder at WVU events.

Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.