How many ways can you draw a Husky? That's the question of the day as it appears officials at the University of Connecticut are in talks with school officials in Clinton over the look of the Morgan Husky.
UConn, of course, is also home of the Huskies and Lady Huskies. Both schools also share the same colors: blue and white.
Sources say that someone attending a game at the Morgan School took a photo of the large Husky logo that's painted on the floor of the gymnasium and showed it to UConn officials. Sources also say that this mascot back-and-forth game is not a new one and that Morgan was forced to make some changes to the design of its Husky many years ago.
So how far does the Morgan Husky mascot go back? All you have to do is ask Clinton resident and Morgan alumni Jane Scully Welch, who said "the Husky name was chosen in a student contest in 1953. Andy Bakoledis suggested the name and he won the contest ... I believe he was a freshman at the time."
According to Wikipedia, UConn first started using the Husky as its mascot in 1934.
The university mascot was the Aggies until 1933, when the school changed its name from Connecticut Agricultural College to Connecticut State College. To reflect this change, athletic teams were known as the Statesmen. In December 1934, the Husky was chosen as the mascot.
The Morgan School has many different versions and looks of Huskies on its walls, gymnasium floors, windows and sports apparel. Some face right, others left, some have an open mouth, others closed.
So what do you think about all this? Should Morgan be forced to make changes to its existing mascot or choose a new one?
A quick Internet search found many high schools have the same mascot as universities in the same state.
For example, Yale University has a bulldog as their mascot. A quick search discovered five Connecticut high schools with the bulldog as their mascot: Bolton High School, Bulkeley High School in Hartford, Bunnell High School in Stratford, Crosby High School in Waterbury and Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon. There may be more.
Anyone who has ever driven through the state of Georgia knows that the University of Georgia, "the dawgs," also has a bulldog as their mascot. Another quick search showed four high schools in the state with a bulldog as their school mascot.
Stay tuned to the Clinton Patch as this story develops and more information is obtained on the specifics over the proposed mascot changes/design.