University of South Carolina announces new name for live mascot

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The University of South Carolina Athletics has made a name for the new live gamecock mascot and is now announcing the name. The university was forced to change the name due to a dispute with the gamecock’s previous owner over the title “Sir Big Spur,” which neither the university nor the Athletics Department owned the rights to.

“We know Gamecock fans are passionate about our traditions and seeing the live mascot at games and other Athletics events is something they look forward to,” South Carolina Deputy Athletics Director Eric Nichols said.

According to officials, the mascot will be known as “The General” in honor of the Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter, whose nickname was the “Fighting Gamecock” which created the original moniker for South Carolina Athletics.

“When we realized that we would have to change his name to keep that tradition alive, it seemed fitting to go back to where ‘Gamecocks’ got started.”