The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 28, 2013

Herd mascot to get new costume


— Marshall University’s beloved mascot is getting a new costume, and for the first time the responsibility of choosing his new look is in the hands of Thundering Herd fans and friends.

Beginning Thursday through Facebook social media, Herd fans have the opportunity to determine whether Marco will keep his current design or be given a new or updated look. His current costume, after five years of extensive wear, travel, cleaning and repair, has been stretched as far as it can, so it’s time to replace it, said Matt Turner, Marshall’s chief of staff.

“There’s no doubt that Marco means a lot to our fans and alumni so we want their help to choose his appearance,” Turner said. “He is as iconic as Old Main and his public appearances extend well beyond the field, so we think it’s important to hear from them.”

All Marshall fans, alumni, students and staff are encouraged to cast their votes via Facebook.

A costume maker has provided three concepts from which the voters can choose from now through midnight Saturday, Aug. 10. They are:

Option 1: Current Marco.

Option 2: A partial makeover of current Marco. This “hybrid” version of current Marco includes returning to the hoof feet and fur-covered legs of the previous mascot costume.

Option 3: A more complete makeover. This new design more closely resembles the previous Marco with a friendlier face and bison goatee.

Voting has begun on Marshall’s Facebook site – https://www.facebook.com/marshallu – and participants can vote only once. The Marco costume that receives the most votes will be announced on Facebook on Monday, Aug. 12.

Once the design is finalized, Turner said he expects the new costume to be completed in time for Marshall’s homecoming game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5, against UTSA. Game time is 2 p.m.

Artist renderings of the three choices, and photos of the old Marco and the current Marco, can be found at http://muphotos.marshall.edu/NewsPhotos-4/Marcos-New-Look-2013.