ALFRED, NY (July 2, 2016) -- It’s the Big Dance. The chance for the ring. And a rare opportunity for a small—but mighty! – university in Western New York to bring home the Big One.
It’s the finals of The Great Mascot Debate, hosted by Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush, and the Saxons of Alfred University are taking on the Vixens of Sweet Briar College in Virginia to determine which NCAA Division III school has the BEST mascot in the nation.
The road to the Finals was a tough one for the Alfred University Saxons, who vanquished the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe University, the # 1 seed, in the Final Four.
The Saxons earned their first victory over the #3 seeded Coe College Kohawks in the Round of 32. During the Sweet 16, Alfred University topped the #2 seeded Webster University Gorlocks. The Saxons then defeated the #5 seeded Concordia College Cobbers in the Elite 8 before winning their Final Four appearance against the Petrels.
Voting continues until 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, through two websites:
Since balloting began Thursday, results have see-sawed with first the Saxons, then the Vixens taking the lead, as alumni, family and friends promote the competition through social media sites.
For the “newest” Saxon – President Mark Zupan, who took office Friday – there’s more riding on the voting than just bragging rights. Sweet Briar President Phil Stone and Zupan have a side bet going: The loser has to wear the winner’s mascot costume around his campus for at least part of a day.
Zupan highly encourages all Alfred alums and friends to help bring home the crown to upstate New York by casting their electronic ballots (one can be cast from every electronic device) in support of the Saxon Nation.
“I really do NOT look good as a fox with a pink bow,” says Zupan, who far prefers the bolder look of ‘Li’l Alf.”