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Holly: Man Behind Joe Vandal Mask

Assuming someone else’s identity up to 30 hours a week isn’t a normal curriculum for University of Idaho students, but it’s been a large part of Lucas Tate’s life since 2006. He retired from playing Joe Vandal, the UI’s burly yet friendly mascot, this spring after three and a half years behind the mask. On Saturday, he’ll graduate from the UI with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with an emphasis in actuarial science. Tate, 22, moved to Moscow from Kennewick, Wash., after graduating from high school in 2006. He was cheering from the stands during a UI women’s basketball game that fall when representatives of the Cheer Squad approached to see if he would be interested in the mascot program. At about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, he was an ideal fit for the Joe Vandal suit/Holly Bowen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Are you a Joe Vandal fan?

Joe Vandal, UM Mascot In Finals

Monte, the University of Montana’s ever-gregarious mascot, is one of eight finalists in the national Capitol One Mascot of the Year contest. The university’s cuddly bear is currently in third place behind Old Dominion’s “Big Blue” and the University of Texas El Paso’s “Pay Dirt Pete.” Monte, of course, is a two-time defending champion, having claimed the title in 2002 and 2004. United Mascots on Tuesday announced the eight finalists who will advance to the playoffs. Rounding out the final eight playoff mascots is Ohio State’s “Brutus,” “Puddles the Duck” from the University of Oregon, defending champion “Bearcat” of the University of Cincinnati, “Joe Vandal” of the University of Idaho, and Western Kentucky’s “Big Red”/Chelsi Moy, Missoulian. More here. (AP file photo of Joe Vandal at basketball game this spring)

Question: Which mascot do you prefer — University of Montana’s Monte or Joe Vandal?

Joe Vandal Ready For Nevada Game

Joe Vandal, the mascot of the Idaho Vandals, is shown encouraging fans to join him at the “Vandal Walk” at the west end of the Kibbie Dome at 11:40 Saturday, before the home game against Nevada. (Photo courtesy of UIdaho Athletics Media)

Question: Is Joe Vandal a good college mascot?

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