HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall fans are getting a new - and old - Marco mascot.
More than 3,000 Thundering Herd fans voted over two weeks on three options for a new mascot costume. The school says it needed to update the costume because the current one needed to be replaced after five years of extensive wear, travel, cleaning and repair.
The winning Marco costume received 76 percent of the vote. That version had a friendlier face, fur-covered legs and most closely resembled the Marco from the late 1980s and 1990s.
A partial makeover of the current Marco was second with 14 percent of the vote. The current Marco was third with 10 percent.
The new Marco is expected to make his first public appearance Oct. 5 during Marshall's homecoming football game with UTSA.
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