4 finalists in the running to be WVU's next Mountaineer mascot

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Four finalists have been selected for the chance to become West Virginia University's next Mountaineer mascot.

The university says the finalists will participate in a cheer-off competition Monday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown during the men's basketball game against TCU.

A selection committee will announce the winner during the game against Iowa State on Feb. 24. The new mascot will serve for the 2018-19 academic year.

The finalists are Timothy Eads, a freshman majoring in strategic communications from Buffalo; Trevor Kiess, a senior accounting major from Elkins; Jesse Lackey, a senior secondary education and English major from Salem; and Troy Salatino, a sophomore secondary education and history major from Wheeling.

The winner will replace Troy Clemons, who has served as the Mountaineer mascot for the past two years.

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