By Bill Redlin
There are five finalists for the College of William and Mary's new mascot. The finalists were announced on Tuesday. They are a griffin, king and queen, phoenix, pug and wren. Drawings of each are on the website, along with a survey asking for feedback. The deadline for the survey is January 7th.
The school says it received more than 800 mascot suggestions. For decades, the school's athletic teams were known as the Indians. William and Mary changed that to Tribe during the 1980's.
In 2006, the NCAA ruled the college could keep the Tribe nickname, but that its feathered logo was demeaning to Native Americans and had to go. Even with a new mascot, the William and Mary teams will continue to be called The Tribe.