The Pack Gets It Wrong

State's mascot is antiquated and should be updated - Kevin C. Cox

State's new floor is a step backwards.

The other day, Florida State revealed a new floor which was pretty good.

NC State unveiled a new design Monday too, but it's a miss. Here's why.

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At Florida State, the mascot, whether you think it appropriate or not (the Seminole nation is okay with it), is an iconic image of the university.

At State, the logo most identified with the program is not the mascot.

Actually it's probably a tough issue, because the mascot is beloved - and hard to update. Remember the alternate wolves State used for a while?

Didn't work.

So what State did - putting Tuffie at center court, darkening the court and shading inside the three point line - that just is a real step back.

Look at the old and the new here.

The older court, with the brighter more natural wood color, the red lanes and the three letter logo - that's the Wolfpack.

Clemson can get away with this with the Tiger paw and so can FSU with Osceola. And UNC's map of North Carolina works fine.

This is an unfortunate choice for State. At some point, the school needs to figure out a way to make the mascot more contemporary. It looks like something which might have come out of the golden age of Disney or Loony Tunes.

Those are glorious eras - for cartoons.

For State, it's a real dilemma. There is a lot of tradition, but a refresh is in order. The basic image is at least 50 years old. That puts it back to around the Everett Case era.

How did Nevada - the nation's other Wolf Pack - handle it?

Oh, never mind.

New Mexico? That's a bit frightening. That's just not an appealing image except for maybe a street gang.

Anyway, we always have good feelings about State, but someone needs to figure out a way to bring Tuffy up to date. Maybe he could use a backwards baseball cap or something.

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