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Is this squirrel a new Illinois mascot?

OK — so, our stance about the Illini mascot saga is well known, so there’s no need to discuss it here.

I also realize that there are a TON of squirrels throughout the U of I campus, we’ve all seen them, running around and whatnot. Good, great, whatever. Everyone has them.

However, I stumbled upon this “mascot” here, and I’m just asking myself: Is this what they’re using to appeal to new students? 

For real. I’m personally not too crazy about mascots from which to begin — I mean, they’re fine and all, but have nothing to do with getting amped up for a game or something — but this seems like a stretch. Perhaps I’m not alone in that perspective?

UPDATE (10:15 p.m.): So, it’s come to my attention that there IS a thing called Oskee the Squirrel. Suppose I’ve been uninformed, but even so — why are they asking for a name if it already exists?

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