PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—Harry The Hawk, the 9-foot tall air-filled mascot of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has been selected by College Court Report as one of the top 64 mascots in all of college basketball.
College Court Report, who on their website states they are, “providing you with unique perspectives on anything and everything College Basketball,” created a Mascot Mayhem contest. The contest hopes to predict who has the best mascot in all of NCAA Basketball.
On their site they stated the contest rules, “We selected our Top 64 mascots and used computer software to generate a tournament bracket for all 64 mascots. Via Twitter, using the hashtags designed specifically for each mascot, or the polls on this page, individuals are able to vote for their favorite mascot!”
Harry’s hashtag is #CCRHarry and the web address to vote online is:
Harry is currently taking on Big Al from the University of Alabama in the west region of the bracket. He was the top vote getter in the region after day one. Voting for this match-up ends October 3, 2014 at 10:59 p.m. So far the contest has crowned first round winners in the East and South regions with the North region voting opening on the 3rd at 11:00 p.m.
Of the 48 teams announced so far, Harry is the only mascot from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the only from an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) to be named in the top 64.
Fans can follow his progress on UMES’ official twitter account @UMES_Atheltics or by logging into College Court Report’s site. Vote often for Harry to advance to the second round of 32 teams. Should Harry win against Alabama he will take on the winner of Baylor’s Judge vs. University of California Santa Barbara’s Olé. They are currently tied in the voting.
Several other local mascots are also represented as the University of Delaware’s YoUDee is also in the west bracket. Testudo from sister school The University of Maryland in College Park win his first round match-up in the east. Emmit S. Burg from fellow state school Mount St. Mary’s also made the list but fell to Izzy from Texas A&M Corpus Christy in the first round match-up in the south region.
Courtesy: UMES Media Relations