It's been a while since I've had mascot news to share. This nugget's pretty good. The University of Minnesota's mascot, Goldy Gopher, got himself in hot water last week. When Minny's opponent, Penn State, took the field, defensive end Jerome Hayes knelt in the end zone to pray. Goldy knelt, too. Fairly mild stuff, but charges of mocking religion led Minnesota to apologize for Goldy's behavior. The video is pretty funny. But the ensuing quote is even funnier:
According to the report, Hayes said he has seen video of the moment, and that he's not bothered by it -- although teammates have told him "the Gopher got the best of me."