Paleontology major proposes to make T-Rex new MSU mascot

While Champ has served the community of Montana State University well for many years, some students are up for a change. A recent suggestion by a paleontology major (his name has been removed for his own safety against radical Champ-ists) that has become more popular suggests that MSU officially change its mascot from the Bobcat to the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. While first met with criticism, the idea has gained popularity and has been recognized as an issue by the athletic staff.

Many at MSU deem a mascot change unnecessary. While many freshmen and sophomores are in favor or indifferent about the mascot change, the majority of the upperclassmen are strongly against it and have voiced their opinions on it. A sign was seen outside of Roberts Hall displaying the words, “Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat.” The song “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” has been playing on repeat in Wilson Hall, and Champ himself was seen wearing an anti-tyrannosaurus rex shirt with the phrase, “T-Rex? No way!” Head football coach Bob Dust made a public statement against the idea of the new mascot. “The only change I want is Champ Change,” Coach Dust said.

The new mascot has its share of supporters however. Paleontologist Jake Hornblower, the staff at the Museum of the Rockies and men’s basketball head coach Ryan Trout all expressed interest in the idea of the T-Rex as a mascot. “We could construct a 20 foot high and 40 foot long statue in the middle of campus and call him Rex,” Museum of the Rockies night guard Larry Weekly said. “The Tyrannosaurus Rex was a fearsome creature with massive jaw strength that roamed the lands of North America 65 million years before the appearance of the bobcat,” Hornblower said. Coach Trout mentioned his opinion in a recent interview. “The T-Rex was extremely tall,” Trout said. “Not only that, but it could eat grizzly bears for breakfast.”

The athletic department at MSU has looked into the situation and has yet to make a decision as to whether or not to consider the T-Rex as a likely candidate to replace Champ. While it is undoubtedly fearsome, the fact that it has been extinct for 65 million years deflates some air out of Rex-supporters’ sails.

“We should take our time and not rush into any rash decisions,” Coach Trout said. “Who knows, maybe 65 million years from now Montana State University will be the home of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.”

“Editors note: this article appeared in the March 26, 2015 edition of the Exponent, the “Excrement”. The edition is the annual April Fool’s edition of the paper. All articles are satire. For questions and comments please contact editor@exponent.montana.edu or (406)994-2224.”