Aug. 5, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State held a contest Saturday to select a new Bulldog mascot. It has been several years since Fresno State has had a live Bulldog for a mascot.
The dog, a 2-year-old male English Bulldog named Norman, was selected over 90 other entries. The contest was held at the North Gym courtyard on campus Saturday morning in front of more than 300 enthusiastic fans. The English Bulldog is owned by Fresno State alumna Debbye Scott of Clovis, Calif.
"Obviously I'm biased, but I think that Victor E. Bulldog is a perfect representation of the Bulldog breed," said Scott. "He's very athletic-looking, and when I heard about this contest, I thought he would be a perfect mascot for the school. I think it was the perfect choice. He's very excited, and I'm very excited. There were a lot of gorgeous dogs out here today, and I'm just so thrilled that we won."
Victor was selected by a panel of judges that included, Dr. Jeronima Echeverria, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Roger W. Gfeller DVM, Veterinary Specialty Center, Juan Pablo Moncayo, Student Body President, Joe Schey, former Bulldog football standout, Dan Taylor, KFSN-TV Sports Director, Valerie Vuicich, Alumni Association President, Heidi Watney,KMPH-TV Sports Anchor, and Bill Woodward KMJ-580 AM sportscaster and "Voice of the Bulldogs"
Upon being crowned the winner, Victor E. Bulldog's first official duty was making an appearance at the Bulldog football practice and meeting head coach Pat Hill. Victor E. was so excited, he followed Coach Hill onto the field to join the team practice.
"That's a great looking Bulldog" said Hill of Norman, who weighs roughly 60 pounds. "He looks tough and mean and that's what Bulldog football is all about. He'll be the perfect Bulldog for Fresno State fans."
Victor E. Bulldog, will make his first public appearance on August 12th at the Bulldog Fan Preview scrimmage in Bulldog Stadium.