Butler University mascot, Butler Blue II, forced to sit, stay

March 16, 2011
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Butler Blue II, Butler University's mascot, became a sensation last year during the Final Four.

The beloved mascot of Butler University in Indianapolis, Butler Blue II, was a little bit, well, blue today. You see, last year, when his team went to the Final Four, he was the star of the show and was a regular at the games.

But not this year.

According to the NCAA: “We granted an exception for the Final Four last year. In preliminary rounds, given the limited space and tight turnaround at venues with multiple sessions, the rule is ‘No live animals may enter the building’,” the organization wrote. “This was specifically communicated to Butler last season.”

So when the team boarded their bus this afternoon headed for Washington, D.C., the fawn-and-white-colored English bulldog had to stay behind. Typically, the team rubs Blue’s head for good luck before each game, but, as one player told WTHR, he wasn’t there for the first round last year, so those superstitious types can rest easy.

For those on Twitter, Butler Blue II has taken to the social networking site to talk about his displeasure, even using an official hashtag, #freebutlerblue2. He gets some help from his “dad,” Michael Kaltenmark, with the typing, of course. A few samples:

So what do you think? Should Butler’s mascot be able to travel with his team? Why or why not?

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  • Corner5050

    Am I blue! What no Butler Blue… he is by far the coolest dawg in sports!

  • Erica Finley

    @Corner5050: Thanks for the comment! I totally agree — Butler Blue has more charisma than most people.