The Citadel military college installed its new bulldog mascots in the school’s first-ever official “Changing of the Mascots” during its Friday afternoon parade.
“General Robert P. Carson” (G-2) and “Boo X” were introduced as the new, live bulldogs who will represent the school at athletic and community events. The pair replace “General” and “Boo IX,” who were retired after 10 years as mascots.
“These two dogs have made it ten years and so it’s time to retire them,”Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Mike Groshon said before the event. “We told our breeders that we needed dogs to be ready to go by August and they came through for us. So we’ve got two great-looking puppies to take their place.”
Groshon says there is a lot of excitement associated with the ceremony. Prior to 2003 the school did not have a resident builldog, but relied on alumni and Charleston residents to supply one when needed. The school has only been able to track 22 of the dogs since 1928. That meant when permanent mascots “General” and “Boo IX” reached 10 years old (the average lifespan for a bulldog is about 8 years, according to Groshon), the school held its first-ever retirement ceremony.
“G-2” is named after Charleston resident Robert P. Carson, a former Citadel football player and lifelong supporter of the college. Carson passed away in recent months and the Citadel decided to honored his loyalty to the school. “Boo'” namesake is Lt. Col. Thomas Nugent “The Boo” Courvoisie, a former commandant of cadets.
The newly retired bulldogs and the new mascots will all live together on campus.
Groshon hoped the ceremony can be repeated in another decade. “Every ten years is a nice lifespan for bulldogs. It really is,” he said.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report