Herd fans vote for 'old Marco'
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University fans made a resounding statement during the past few weeks, bombarding an online poll to bring back the old Marco.
Marshall's mascot was due for a costume replacement, but Matt Turner, the chief of staff, said the new look that debuted in 2008 has never been well received by fans. So it was decided to put the contest online and give fans three options. They could bring back the old Marco, keep the current Marco or have the current Marco undergo a partial makeover. Images of all three were posted online.
However, it wasn't even close. Old Marco received 2,424 votes, or 76 percent of the total votes cast. The makeover Marco received 448 votes, while the current look got 315 votes.
"It's obvious from the number of votes and the interest in this contest that Marco means a lot to our fans," Turner said. "We want to thank the more than 3,000 people who voted online, as well as those who called us and e-mailed and shared the contest through social media. They're saying loud and clear that 'we want our old Marco back.'"
The new "old" Marco will debut during the homecoming football game on Oct. 5. The mascot will feature the friendlier face and fur-covered legs that is often referred to as classic Marco because of its similarity to the previous Marco from the 1980s and 1990s.
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