Big Red Named To The Elite Capital One All-America Mascot Team

Bowling Green, Ky. — As the campaign for the West Wing heats up, 12 other candidates have already put their best foot — or wing or paw or claw — forward in a very different election — the honor of being named to the Capital One All-America Mascot team. From this battle, Western Kentucky’s very own Big Red has emerged from the campaign trail as one of the 12 members of the glamorous Capital One All-America Mascot Team.

Only Big Red and Monte (Montana) have been selected to the All-America Mascot Team in each of its first three years of existence.

“Mascots are the heart and soul of every team,” said Diana Don Colby at Capital One. “We are thrilled to give Big Red the recognition he deserves as a member of the 2004 Capital One All-America Team. Not only does Big Red have bragging rights as part of this elite team, he will be featured in a national TV ad campaign.”

Now the competition really heats up as Big Red embarks on an 11-week national campaign to be named the supreme Capital One Mascot of the Year. Check out Big Red’s worthy competition:

The 2004 Capital One All-America Mascot Team
Air Force Academy — The Bird
Auburn University — Aubie
University of Georgia — Hairy Dawg
James Madison University — Duke Dog
University of Kentucky — Scratch
University of Maryland — Testudo
University of Minnesota — Goldy Gopher
University of Montana — Monte
University of Nevada-Las Vegas — Hey Reb
University of South Carolina — Cocky
Virginia Tech — Hokie Bird
Western Kentucky University — Big Red

“Big Red always pumps our fans up and helps carry us through those crucial moments in the fourth quarter when the team and crowd needed a boost of adrenaline,” said Dr. Wood Selig, Director of Athletics at Western Kentucky. “Now is our chance to crown our gridiron favorite as the king of college mascots.”

This year’s fuzzy crew was chosen from Division I-A and I-AA athletic programs with college football teams. A panel of judges — including mascot guru and historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough; former college mascot and current sports marketer from Richmond Sports Backers Scott Schricker; and representatives from ESPN and Capital One — carefully analyzed each contender and scored them based on their (1) interaction with fans, (2) sportsmanship and (3) community service.

Help Elect Big Red As King Of Mascots
Big Red will compete in 11 weekly grueling match-ups with the other finalists. From October 11–December 26, fans can vote for Big Red at www.capitalonebowl.com. The mascot with the best win/lost record will win the on-line portion of the contest. This online “popular” vote will be combined with a judges’ ranking (50/50 weighting) to determine who gets the ultimate title. With your help, Big Red will be pronounced National Mascot of the Year on January 1, 2005 during the nationally televised Capital One Bowl on ABC.

About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Capital One Bank and Capital One FSB, offer consumer-lending products. Capital One, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in McLean, Va., is one of the largest providers of MasterCard and Visa credit cards in the world. Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 500 index. Capital One’s affiliation with college football began with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN’s Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report and numerous other college football programs.

— WKU —